WBEZ | earthquake in Haiti http://www.wbez.org/tags/earthquake-haiti Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: High quality coffee sold in America helps Haitian farmers http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-09/global-activism-high-quality-coffee-sold-america-helps-haitian-farmers-9 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-09/1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Based in the city of Baraderes, Haiti, the organization <a href="http://www.justhaiti.org/" target="_blank">Just Haiti</a> works with Haitian farmers who produce high quality, organic, Arabica coffee. Just Haiti then markets and sells this coffee to consumers in the United States. The profits from the coffee then go back to the Haitian growers and the community of Baraderes.</p><p>Kim Lamberty, the woman who stated Just Haiti, tells <em>Worldview</em> the story behind the organization.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>To hear more stories of people making a difference, check out the </em>Global Activism<em> <a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">page</a>, where you can also suggest a person or organization for the series. Or, email your suggestions to <a href="mailto:worldview@wbez.org">worldview@wbez.org</a> and put “Global Activism” in the subject line. Also, don't forget to subscribe to the <a href="episode-segments/2012-01-12/wbez.org/podcasts" target="_blank">podcast</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 16:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-09/global-activism-high-quality-coffee-sold-america-helps-haitian-farmers-9 Haiti two years after the earthquake http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-26/haiti-two-years-after-earthquake-95854 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-26/haiti2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Two years ago this month, Haiti was hit by an earthquake that the United Nations called &ldquo;the largest urban disaster in modern history.&rdquo;</p><p>Since then, the U.N. estimates that more than two billion dollars in aid has gone into the country. But despite the money, efforts to rebuild have been painfully slow.</p><p>Haitian economist <a href="http://snl.depaul.edu/People/Faculty/lcomeau.asp" target="_blank">Ludovic Comeau</a> helps <em>Worldview</em> take stock of the complicated process of rebuilding Haiti. Ludovic is a professor of economics at DePaul University and the president of <a href="http://www.haiti-grahn.net/public/?lang=en" target="_blank">GRAHN-USA</a>, a think tank dedicated to rebuilding the Caribbean nation.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 1in;">&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 1in;">&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 16:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-26/haiti-two-years-after-earthquake-95854 Global Activism: Chicago doctor brings eye care to Haiti http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-26/global-activism-chicago-doctor-brings-eye-care-haiti-95853 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-26/Dr.Olivier with ruined building near her original home in 2010.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On today's <a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, we hear from a Haitian American doctor who's trying to change the way eye care is delivered in Haiti. The Caribbean country is still reeling -- politically, economically and emotionally -- from the earthquake that took place in Port au Prince two years ago this month.</p><p>Haiti has only 45 trained ophthalmologists in the entire country, making it hard for people to get any quality eye care. A member of the American Academy of Opthalmology's <a href="http://www.aao.org/haiti/task-force.cfm" target="_blank">Haiti Task Force</a>, <a href="http://rosalindfranklin.edu/dnn/chicagomedicalschool/home/cms/ophthalmology/faculty.aspx" target="_blank">Dr. Mildred Olivier</a> has been seeing patients in Haiti for the past 20 years ago. When she's not in Haiti, she teaches at the Rosalind Franklin Medical School in Chicago.</p><p>Dr. Olivier tells <em>Worldview</em> about her bold plans to build eye care clinics in all nine departments of Haiti.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>To hear more stories of people making a difference, check out the Global Activism <a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">page</a>, where you can also suggest a person or organization for the series. Or, email your suggestions to <a href="mailto:worldview@wbez.org">worldview@wbez.org</a> and put “Global Activism” in the subject line. Also, don't forget to subscribe to the <a href="http://%20wbez.org/podcasts" target="_blank">podcast</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 16:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-26/global-activism-chicago-doctor-brings-eye-care-haiti-95853 Worldview 1.26.12 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-12612 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//episode/images/2012-january/2012-01-26/haiti1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It’s been two years since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, killing at least 300,000 and displacing 1.5 million. Progress to rebuild has been slow.&nbsp; Haitian economist Ludovic Comeau helps us take stock of the reconstruction and rebuilding efforts of the past two years. And on <a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, Haitian-American Dr. Mildred Olivier tells us about the work she's been doing to provide eye care for patients in Haiti. Currently, there are only 45 trained ophthalmologists in the entire country. A member of the American Academy of Opthalmology’s <a href="http://www.aao.org/haiti/slideshow.cfm" target="_blank">Haiti task force</a>, Dr. Olivier hopes that one day she’ll be able to build an eye care center in all nine departments of Haiti. She tells <em>Worldview</em> how she plans to do it</p></p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-12612 Worldview 11.21.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-112111 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//episode/images/2011-november/2011-11-21/cholera1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Despite billions of dollars in private donations and government money, a staggering number of Haitians remain in tent camps. And a recent cholera epidemic – which has claimed 5,000 lives – has only made life worse. Nicole Phillips, an attorney with the <a href="http://ijdh.org/" target="_blank">Institute for Justice &amp; Democracy in Haiti</a>, explains why she and a group of lawyers are suing the United Nations for allegedly introducing cholera to the Haitian population. And, we talk with Mercedes Martinez, a union leader in Puerto Rico. In 2008, the Teachers Federation of Puerto Rico defied a no-strike ban and joined with students and parents to close schools for 10 days. The island-wide strike was over inadequate school funding, classroom size, low teacher wages, and the threat of privatization. When the strike ended, the governor decertified the union.&nbsp;We get on update on what’s happened since.</p></p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-112111 Global Activism: WGN's Randi Belisomo travels to Haiti in memory of her late husband http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/global-activism-wgns-randi-belisomo-travels-haiti-memory-her-late-husban <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-13/water1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Every Thursday on <em><a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a>,</em> we hear from a Chicagoan who works to make the world a better place. Today, we focus on two individuals steeped in the world’s water crisis.</p><p>Water plays a central role in global poverty. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. When an individual takes a five-minute shower, he or she uses more clean water than a typical person in a slum uses in a day. Access to sanitation is so underdeveloped that more people in the world own cell phones than have access to a toilet.</p><p>No event in our hemisphere put the water crisis front and center more than last year’s cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti. The tragedy also highlighted one central truth of the global water crisis: the problem is an issue of access, not scarcity.</p><p>Today we meet Michael Mantel, president &amp; CEO of <a href="http://www.water.cc/" target="_blank">Living Water International</a>, an organization that implements water solutions in 25 developing countries. We also speak to <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-randi-belisomo-bio,0,1841977.story" target="_blank">Randi Belisomo</a>, a reporter for WGN-TV who just returned from a reporting trip with LWI in Haiti. While in the earthquake-ravaged country, Randi visited a memorial well built in honor of her late husband, Chicago reporter <a href="http://www.cltv.com/about/cltv-hernandezgomez-bio,0,946503.story" target="_blank">Carlos Hernandez Gomez</a>. She will chronicle her trip all next week on WGN’s <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/news/newsatnine/" target="_blank"><em>News at Nine</em></a>.</p><p>Michael and Randi join us to discuss water, both as a solution and central problem, in international development.</p><p><em>You can read Randi’s blog posts from Haiti <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/blogs/journey-to-haiti/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p><p><em>We invite listeners to suggest locals who we should feature include in </em><a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a><em>. Special thanks to Megan Moriarity for suggesting Living Water International.</em></p></p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/global-activism-wgns-randi-belisomo-travels-haiti-memory-her-late-husban Despite need, donors struggle to raise funds for famine in Horn of Africa http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-18/despite-need-donors-struggle-raise-funds-famine-horn-africa-90749 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-18/AP110718014829.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Children are bearing the brunt of the famine in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. Five hundred million are on the verge of starvation.</p><p>For many reasons, international aid has been slow to arrive. So far, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF has raised over $6 million for the Horn of Africa. To put that in perspective, during an equivalent time period following the earthquake in Haiti, the organization raised $45 million.</p><p><a href="http://www.unicefusa.org/about/leadership/management/caryl-stern.html" target="_blank">Caryl Stern</a> is president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. She spends her time trying to convince donors that the crisis is bigger than they can imagine. She joins us to make sense of the surprising lack of response.</p></p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-18/despite-need-donors-struggle-raise-funds-famine-horn-africa-90749