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My wife and I, having recently returned from Haiti, read your editorial “Troubled Haiti” (June 10) with great interest. We agree totally with your position. The Haitians we spoke with desperately wanted to see the elections but have a long history of being disappointed by their government.

We were there as part of a Unitarian Universalist Service Committee College of Social Justice team partnering with the Haitian Mouvman Peyizan Papay, which seeks to bring sustainable agriculture, reforestation and pride back to rural Haiti. They are building eco-villages in central Haiti, bringing back former farm people from the crowded streets of Port-au-Prince. We are extremely impressed by what they are trying to do for their people.

It could be a positive model for all of Haiti, but thus far the government has given little or no support. Financial support for MPP’s eco-village project is mainly provided by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the Presbyterian Church. They would like to see elections, a functional government and some assistance with their projects, but they are not holding their breath.

JOHN GRAHAM
New Alexandria

 


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