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  1. The Island
  2. Haitian Revolution
  3. Culture
  4. Haiti Links
  5. Creole Words

The Island


* Haiti is located on an island named Hispaniola shared with the Dominican Republic

* Originally inhabited by the indigenous Taíno people

* Hispaniola is the 22nd-largest island in the world

* Second largest island in the Caribbean after Cuba

* Haiti covers 10,714 square miles (27,750 square kilometers)

* Population: 10.83 million (2015)

Haitian Revolution


* December 5, 1492 -- Hispaniola discovered by Christopher Columbus

* 1789 - Start of the French Revolution

* August 21, 1791 - Ignited by a voodoo ceremony slaves rebel against the planters, the revolt is carried on by Toussaint L'Ouverture

* February 4, 1794 -- Radifaction of Decree of the National Convention of Abolishing Slavery in all the Colonies

* January 1, 1804 -- Jean Jacques Dessalines declares Haiti's independance from France and renames the country Haiti

* July 1915 -- U.S. forces occupy Haiti until 1934

* September 1957 -- Francois Duvalier elected president

* February 7, 1991 -- Installation of first democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide

* January 12, 2010 -- 7.0 magnitude earthquake leaves acording to official estimates, 316,000 people killed, 300,000 injured and 1.3 million displaced

* February 7, 2016 -- President Michel Martelly completes his constitutional term of 5 years

Culture


* Capital: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

* Official Languages: French & Haitian Creole

* Official Religions: Catholique, Protestant and Vodou

* Music: Compas

* Traditional Meals & Staples: Pumpkin Soup, riz national (red beans and rice), griot (fried porc), yams, sweet potatoes, manioc, corn, and coffee

* Festivities: Carnaval and Rara bands

* Major Holidays: Jan 1 - Independence Day, May 18 - Flag Day

* Haitian Arts: Vibrant colors

Useful Words


* Bonjou -- Hello (before noon)

* Bonswa -- Hello (after noon)

* Kijan ou rele? -- What is your name?

* Mwen rele… -- My name is…

* Kijan ou ye? -- How are you?

* Mwen byen -- I’m good

* Mèsi -- Thank You

* Wi -- Yes

* Non -- No

* Tanpri -- Please

* Mwen pa konprann -- I don’t understand

* Babay -- Bye
Learn Creole:
* Haitian Creole for Health Care https://educavision.com/downloads/haitiancreoleforhealthcare.pdf

* Southern Live Oak - Learning Haitian Creole https://vbaudoin.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/phrase-sheet1.pdf

To Do...

Before Arriving in Haiti

While in Haiti

  • Look people in the eyes when asking for permission to take their picture
  • Asking the cost of an item might be answered with the word "dollar" be mindful to ask which dollar as Haiti does not have a dollar. The official currency is Haitian Gourdes (HTG) which is $1 (non US$) = 5 HTG
  • The exchange rate fluctuates please ask a leader to exchange your money to HTG for you when needed
  • Only drink water provided to you at the guest house or by a leader

After...

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What to Pack...

  • Bible
  • Passport
  • Rain poncho
  • Any prescription medication
  • TSA Friendly Size: hand sanitizer, shampoo/conditioner, soap/body wash, toothpaste, deodorant, first aid kit
  • Hat
  • Journal with pen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Ear Plugs (for light sleepers)
  • Camera (ONLY pack in carry on)
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Bandana, hair ties and headbands
  • Sneakers and Flip Flops
  • Individual snacks (sweet tooth, granola bars or protein bars, raisins, mixed nuts/dried fruits, etc) chocolate is known to melt in the suitcase.

Pennies for Haiti is a
501(c)(3) tax exempt organization

P.O. Box 771222 ~ Coral Springs, FL 33077
Tel US: +1 (954) 744-0043
Tel HT: +(509) 4183-0227
email: love@penniesforhaiti.org

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