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When helping eliminates help
Since 1791, date of the ceremony of Bois Caiman – during which the program of the first and only slave revolt in the world, that ended by creating an independent and modern state, was launched – Haiti, which means ” high land”, continues to experience a series of socio-politico-cultural impacts that are intertwined with violent natural phenomena.
It is by chance that in 2002 the head of the Association Malaki ma Kongo ended up in Haiti and in collaboration with local communities a branch of the Association – Malaki ma Kongo-Haiti – was created. Malaki ma Kongo not only not only promotes the roots of African culture, but since 2008 we have embarked on a program in the Haitian voodoo society environment for the promotion of local Roots and Sustainable Development.
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We believe that if the logic of Haiti each day trying to incorporate elements of sustainable development, the changes we expect from Haiti would be beneficial. The misery we saw recently is a great incubator of home all ignorance devastating. When the international community speaks with the benefit of developing countries, it is always a help-oriented, controlled support that enriches the donor, a kind of sword of Damocles that traps the South in a operating system to the holder of help.
In the case of Malaki ma Kongo, its mission is to eliminate the desire for the recipient to receive for help. During our last trip to Port au Prince, just after the disastrous hurricanes in 2008 and we did the stock of the situation in Haiti in general, we noted that the mountains give way and we see that after a rain, the streets and the lees of rivers and streams are filled with gravel of all sorts of dimensions. We noted that the land area on the era between geographical Port au Prince to Jacmel and beyond on the stretch leading into the mountains through beautiful fountain Leogane, a radius of 200 km for areas we visited, the rocks and soil is very unstable.
The socio-political crises in recent times push people to the clearing of forests and peaks of mountains in search of firewood have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. The infiltration of rainwater carrying soil and sand that connected gravel began the foundations of houses and an earthquake of magnitude 7.00 stunned a mortal blow to Haiti, attracting the scrutiny of the international community when the management of the first independent black republic Haiti.
After the earthquake, the issue of aid and reconstruction that everyone expects, are undermined by disputes multi secular on the one hand it yal’insatisfaction of France, former colonial power, which despite the fact that Haiti has paid from 1804 to 1825 the famous compensating settlers, to the tune of 90 million gold francs or $ 21.7 billion, that France, even after 200 years, does not digest the fact that a group of black slaves revolted has covered ridicule the most powerful army at the time, that of Napoleon Bonaparte.
On the other hand, Obama wants not only to clear his Nobel Peace tainted by the war in Afghanistan, but also fill in the gaps of poverty, in neighboring countries, which are the weak links which can infiltrate Islamic terrorists and undermine the United States.
The issue of humanitarian aid after the hurricanes
According to Elien Isac, President of Malaki ma Kongo in Haiti, the mode of distribution of humanitarian aid-related disasters created by the hurricane was disastrous. High society had captured the lion’s share and the common people had almost nothing.
We also regret the favors enjoyed by churches close to Christianity, while the traditional churches had received nothing. Traditionalists are experienced as a kind of invasion and domination. His words may seem displaced but the results of poor remuneration of humanitarian aid, focusing on high society and abandoned all the low social class, however, representing 90% of the population. So you find a social difference in Haiti so frightening that it borders on the extension of the slave system. You will find people extremely rich next to the extreme poor. Since the country is poor, totally enclosed by a blockade inherited by the weight of history, how can one explain the huge wealth?
Realization of Malaki ma Kongo-Haiti
Beyond the cultural activities related to promotion of the roots of African culture (Folk Dance, Cornet, Theatre, Drum, Painting, festival), Malaki ma Kongo Haiti hosts a radio transmission (“Kilt Kreyòl” which means culture Creole) by the Haitian radio “Planet Kreyòl”.
During this transmission, directed especially to the voodoo people, we talk about culture in general, protection of the environment, cases of society, but also teaching the population that lacks of funding, the opportunities to heal themselves with leaves, bark and roots of trees.
Also, Malaki ma Kongo-Haiti, concerned about the abandonment of communities by the central power base, has created the NGO COAB (CECILE support organizations Belle Fontaine). One of their first action is to force policymakers to empower working people deprived: shovels, hoes, machetes, seeds, wheelbarrow, bags of living, oil, salt and others. The problem here was not the lack of equipment, rather it is the lack of infrastructure, since the hurricanes had destroyed everything. It was therefore of men animated by strong desire to reach these populations. It took 8:00 last stroll into the land of brown who said to stop Napoleon’s army. In view of this experience and avoid repeating the same scenario in 2008, our association believes it is better to get directly involved and play this game as a transmission between the central core and people using our partners the field. Over time we can expand in Haiti, the tourism program alternative Malaki Live which is limited up to now in Africa to provide an opportunity for everyone to go check things on the ground.
We believe that aid is only useful if it is done in a sustainable manner, so that helping can eliminate the quest for help instead of transforming the Haitians into a people of “eternal outstretched hand” as their brothers in Africa. To achieve this goal a crisis-cell called SOS Haiti Malaki ma Kongo was developed and a PayPal account was opened to facilitate online payments.
Therefore the Association Malaki ma Kongo asks for your generosity to help the people of Black Mountain and Belle Fontaine, remote neighborhoods of Port au Prince and the periphery, often forgotten by humanitarian aid, and where Malaki ma Kongo-Haiti is installed since 2002.
The funds will:
1. Help with emergency care;
2. Realize the educational program for sustainable agriculture and small livestock ;
3. Create an internal cell support and micro credit for self support.
You can help us by credit card with Paypal :
Thanks to all those who will help. Our desire is not only to help the injured but also to find a set of basic path to sustainable development. If people have no basic structural and material, all humanitarian aid will evaporate in no time like rain fell in the desert. Our hope is that the base communities of Belle Fontaine and Black Mountain, about 50,000 people, are in support of the international community will give him a start for an individual and community development. Maybe one day it would be the turn of the Haitian people to help other people in the world, as they did in the past.
The world is unique: let’s take care of it.