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Explorer Sans Frontieres
The Explorer Sans Frontieres operates a variety of important programs and services to benefit the people of Haiti:
Please listen to the May 12, 2012 Discussion with Shonta Collins, Founder and Crystal Taylor, Director
For more information visit their website
Full medical assessments for adults & children
Follow-up on past at-risk patients
Distribution of pharmaceutical supplies
Mental Health/Wellness Outreach:
Group mindfulness exercises for adults and children
Psycho-education about the connection between mind and
body for staff and patients
Individual mental health/wellness consults
Utilizing mindfulness & behavioral interventions
Recreational activities and games for children
Distribution of food and snacks
Urban Garden Initiative
Haiti Safe Drinking Water Project
The aftermath of the earth quake has left many Haitian
people without access to essential services. One of the
most serious consequences is a lack of clean drinking
water. Many communities boil their water on wood fires.
The use of so much wood leads to deforestation. The
burning of the wood increases carbon emissions. Many
Haitians are desperate for quick sources of potable water.
The LifeStraw offers instant, access to clean and safe
drinking water. One straw is effective for up to 1000
litres of water which is roughly a year’s supply for one
person. They promote health by preventing the ingestion
of water born contaminants such as cholera.
The use of the straws can be a means by which carbon emissions can be reduced and forests can be preserved.
The students of Queen Elizabeth high and Greenfield elementary are part of the SLISE program (Student Led Initiatives for Sustainable Education).
Their goal is to purchase 1000 LifeStraws for Haiti and
need to raise $5500. Both our students and Haitian’s will
benefit through this project. One straw costs $5.50 for this humanitarian relief effort. If you are interested in donating to this project, please sponsor the student by completing the attached form.
Payment can be made by cash or cheque.
For more information contact:
Aaron Dublenko [email protected] (780) 267-4677
Sponsors for this project, who wish to make a contribution
of a $100 dollars or more will receive recognition by being
listed on the SLISE web page, the school newsletter and
Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative
For more information on the Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative please watch this brief narrated Power Point presentation above, and read the summary below. In
addition, please find a brief article on this initiative by
Dr. Steve Handwerker at this site:
The Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative 2012
This summary describes briefly the mission, strategies and
plans for an international humanitarian crisis intervention
for poor and impoverished places. The project involves humanitarian, human rights and sustainable initiatives.
We hope that members of Professional groups throughout
the nation will assist with this initiative.
Professionals can join us at the Haiti Economic
Development and Viability Group on Linked: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4074096&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr
It is devastating to watch news of tragic human-made and natural catastrophes unfolding in the United States and
various other parts of the world, such as the oil spill
affecting the Gulf States of the United States and the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. All too often, these types
of events affect poor people and impoverished communities disproportionately.
While we witness human hands, ingenuity, and machinery attempt to address very complex calamities, most people acknowledge that both short term crisis intervention and
long-term planning are vital to prepare for large scale environmental disasters whenever possible and to rebuild
regions after the initial devastation.
The Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative provides
a venue for humanitarian forces, industry, and various
types of decision-makers to collaborate, plan, and unveil solution packages for poor and impoverished communities facing such catastrophes.
These solution packages include the collective and coordinated work of Humanitarian Interventions, Human Rights Advocacy, and sustainable initiatives. Indeed, the collaborative efforts of this 3-Tier Approach may serve to mediate entrenched political and social conflicts, renew important stakeholder ties, and
meet struggling economies with sustainable ideas at their points of need.
The mission of The Humanitarian Sustainability
Initiative is to assemble members of school-based
technology programs, green industry and technology
experts, community, non-governmental, and governmental teams facilitating sustainable projects, along with charitable
and other funding streams.
We are inviting the participation of humanitarian forces and human rights advocates, industry leaders and a variety of decision-makers who have strong interest in human welfare
and its sustainability particularly through sustainable
education and technology, and green industry/jobs for
struggling economies. Our purpose is to unveil solution
packages for poor and impoverished communities facing catastrophes.
We have established An Advisory Team to oversee the development and professionalization of this initiative.
The 6-8 person advisory team is composed of men and
women with backgrounds in education, technology, green industry and job creation, not-for-profit and community organizations, government, and media.
These professionals have expressed a genuine interest in sustainable education, technology, and industry/jobs for struggling economies domestically and internationally. We
seek cooperative alliances with members of professional
groups who align with these priorities.
The strategy of The Humanitarian Sustainability
Initiative involves a 3-Tier Approach comprised
principally of Humanitarian Interventions, Human Rights Advocacy, and Sustainable Initiatives. We have several objectives.
First, we aim to acknowledge the ongoing on the ground
efforts for survival and sustainability of communities facing catastrophes, and the individuals, groups, organizations,
and governments supporting them.
Second, we aim to recognize the creative and tech-savvy sustainable projects being developed in community-,
industry-, and school-based programs within the United
States and abroad.
These projects engage youth, communities, government, large and small nongovernmental organizations, educational institutions, and corporate industry leaders in strategic
alliances with positive, practical results.
Third, we aim to recognize exemplary sustainable projects
that include poor people as contributors of solutions and
that meet practical needs in impoverished communities
like job creation.
Fourth, we aim to bring together green innovators, funders,
and decision makers from community-based organizations, government offices, and industries of all types to focus
attention and resources on communities in need of
affordable, effective, multipurpose sustainable solutions.
Primary areas of concern include health care and health maintenance, communications, education, energy and
housing, agriculture and food production, sanitation,
and transportation that are affordable, practical, and
sustainable for struggling economies.
Participants in The Humanitarian Sustainability
Initiative will include non-government organizations
and various types of decision-makers, teams of youth
from middle and high schools, colleges, and universities
in the United States and abroad; educators and experts;
and community and industry leaders who have developed
and implemented exemplary sustainable projects in the field.
The foundation of this initiative will rest on the theme of building survival possibilities and sustainability plans that
have a strong possibility of resolving and/or preventing
public health crises.
1.Humanitarian Crises - The Focus of The Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative will be to unveil sustainable intervention and humanitarian-based solution packages
that have a strong possibility of resolving and/or
preventing public health crises like starvation, disease
and malnutrition, poverty and chronic joblessness, homelessness, violence, and perpetual economic crisis.
2.Human Rights Advocacy – The long-term work of
The Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative is to
engage civil, cultural, economic, environmental, political,
and social rights involving the participation of all
members of societies, and strongly committed experts
who can help to lead the way.Developing alliances with organizations like the United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights (UNHCR), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Advocates (HRA), among others may help achieve this goal.
3.Stakeholders – Other groups of prime importance to
the success of The Humanitarian Sustainability
Initiative include grassroots organizations, student
and faculty educators, and industry experts. These
participants and others can function as speakers and
panel and poster presenters to discuss the social and
political terrain of the principal locations in need, as
well as the scope of their humanitarian crisis, and to
identify types of support needed for long-term planning
4.Teams – We seek student, community, and industry
teams to discuss and showcase sustainable technology
projects in the areas of health care and health maintenance, communications, education, energy and housing, agriculture
and food production, sanitation, and transportation that
are affordable, practical, and sustainable for struggling
5.Exemplary Projects – We aim to acknowledge and
award community, youth, and industry teams that
develop and showcase exemplary sustainable projects
geared to work in economically depressed rural regions
like Appalachia, states like California, cities like Detroit
and Greensboro, nations like Chile and Haiti, and
sovereign territories like Navajo Country. These locales represent poor and/or impoverished communities or
significant populations with struggling economies.
6.Funders - We give special emphasis to locate funders,
invite their participation in The Humanitarian
Sustainability Initiative, and list them as resources.
Organizers invite the participation of funders of all types
such as corporations, government grant programs,
not-for-profit organizations, grassroots enterprises,
charitable foundations, and individual humanitarians to participate at all levels. Teams are encouraged to contact funders for the development and on-going support of
their ideas, prototypes, and on the ground sustainable
projects in poor and/or impoverished locations.
7.Solution Packages – Primary Objectives of The Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative include that
all participate in solution packages. We aim to develop
important contacts and stakeholder relationships in the
areas of advocacy and legislation, human and environmental rights, investigative and research capabilities in targeted communities, corporate and industry expertise, new and
creative alliances for sustainable skill building, project development, and ongoing funding.
We seek cooperative alliances with members of professional groups and associations to help educate, treat, and support national and international communities in crises in the
1. Share information regarding the projects, programs,
and discussions addressed by The Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative within your spheres of influence, domains of interest, and known funding sources
2. Participate by giving presentations at regional, national,
and international conferences on communities in crisis and possible solutions
3. Network with humanitarian, human rights, and sustainable technology experts to accomplish activities and programs on
the ground in struggling communities
We need on-going support and professional expertise to
address the following areas within distressed communities:
Death and Dying
Human Rights and Empowerment
Violence and Abuse (Rape, Domestic Violence)
Trauma and Stress
Inter-group, Inter-cultural, and International Conflict Resolution
Special Populations: women, children, elderly, men and masculinity, etc
Pediatric, Child, and Adolescent populations
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Sex and Sexuality
Clinical and Personality Issues
Bio-Psychological impact of Crises
Community and Social Research
Counseling and Therapy
Religion and Faith initiatives
Environmental, Population, and Conservation issues, projects and research
Advisory Team Members:
Steven E. Handwerker – Liaison to Professional Associations and Organizations ([email protected])
Dr. Steven E. Handwerker is a licensed psychologist in
three states (New York, Florida, and South Dakota), is
a Supreme Court family mediator, and is board certified
as a forensic examiner and trauma expert, serving on the professional and scientific board of the National Center for Crisis Management part of the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security. He is the founder and chairperson
of the International Association for the Advancement of
Dr. Handwerker was the first membership chair for
Division 48 (Peace Psychology) of the American
Psychological Association and is the founder and chair
of the task force in that division concerned with peace
and spirituality which has orchestrated and presented in
over 65 APA programs since the task force was created
in 1997. Prior to his 30-year professional career as a board-certified and licensed psychologist, Dr. Handwerker served
as Vice President of Quality and Standards Controls for an international food chain.
To protect and care for the environment he has taken the
lead in his 3,500-family community for creating critical awareness of programs supporting environmental
conservation and recycling. For the past 2 years, he has
written a monthly article on these matters, and for the
past 10 years, he has been an outspoken representative
of green action programs. Dr. Handwerker has been
married for 35 years and has two children.
Pamela Davis – Liaison to Youth Technology Programs
Dr. Pamela Davis is an accomplished educator with a
balance of education and experience in experiential
teaching and learning. Dr. Davis has an earned doctorate
from Columbia University in instructional media and
technology, and her professional expertise spans the
field of education from kindergarten through graduate
school. She excels at staff development and at the
development of student-centered learning environments
for learners of all levels and proficiencies.
In the field of robotics, Dr. Davis, who trained at Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, has been a coach for the
FIRST LEGO League, hosted FIRST LEGO League
and Jr. FIRST LEGO League local competitions and
exhibitions, been a featured presenter at the FIRST
International World Festival, and formed and advised
FIRST LEGO League and Jr. FIRST LEGO League
Paul Dwyer – Liaison to Online Educational Programs
Paul F. Dwyer is employed as an outside training consultant
for the Workforce Development Division of Penn Foster
Career Schools, concentrating on international clients. His primary responsibilities include formulating training and development programs using Penn Foster education and
training capabilities. He has prior experience managing a
satellite educational facility in Port au Prince, Haiti.
Mr. Dwyer earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics
and a master’s degree in educational psychology from the
University of Scranton.
Demetria S. Ledbetter – Liaison to NGOs and
Community Enterprises ([email protected])
Demetria S. Ledbetter is a grassroots professional who has
spent 7 years working at Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Beloved Community Center
is patterned after Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s vision
of a beloved community that recognizes the dignity, worth,
and equality of all people. Ms. Ledbetter focuses on
program implementation, financial and nonprofit
management, and the development of communication/media strategies.
An alumna of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical
State University with a bachelor’s degree in transportation
and logistics, Ms. Ledbetter has worked in logistics,
education, and insurance. She has received training in
job readiness (Equipped for the Future), conflict resolution,
time management, project management, and communication.
Her current project is Pathways to a Greener Career,
initiated as part of President Barack Obama’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. This year-long project
has involved assembling a group of community leaders, grassroots professionals, architects, engineers, green professionals, and educators at Beloved Community
Center to give youth a pathway out of poverty. The
Pathways to a Greener Career program serves as a t
raining program that provides youth and young adults
with job readiness skills and experience with green jobs.
Currently, Ms. Ledbetter serves as the Vice-Chair of the
Board of Directors at the Fund for Southern Communities
and Health Care of All North Carolina. She is connected
with the Emerging Change Makers Network, whose
primary goal is to “Change the World.”
Brian C. Alston – General Secretary (Advisory Team)
Brian C. Alston has been involved in peaceful conflict
resolution since leading peer mediation during Boston’s
turbulent school busing crisis of the 1970s. He has been involved in community organizing since the 1980s. He is a master’s-level clinician and college professor who teaches
in the areas of ethics, neurotheology, philosophy,
psychology, and religion.
He has pioneered work in the disciplines of Relationship Literacy and Neurotheology. He is currently raising
awareness of the politicization of poverty, both domestic
and international, through participating in humanitarian
initiatives in Haiti and by organizing symposia and book
projects (including the Visions in Conflict series) to
disseminate the good work of others doing peaceful
conflict resolution around the world.
In 2009, Mr. Alston initiated a series of industry specific conferences on sustainability in Hawaii to encourage collaboration and project development within the
Hawaiian Islands and between them and communities
facing extreme poverty and humanitarian crises. (www.greenhawaiiconferences.com)