December 31, 2019

                     Zaza and her youngest son Kwa enjoying soup joumou in Matènwa.

For Haitians in Haiti and abroad, January 1st is about more than ringing in the New Year. It's a celebration of their country's independ...

August 9, 2019

The Matènwa Community Learning Center Summer Camp has just ended! It was one of our most successful programs ever! How so? We will let Jemima Douyon do the talking. Jemima is a Haitian-American and was a teaching fellow at the New York City Department of Education from...

August 1, 2019

Atis Fanm Matènwa, or Women Artist Matènwa, is a longstanding Women’s Haitian Arts collective in the Matènwa community in La Gonave. Women from the Matènwa community create and customize beadwork, embroidery, painted silk scarves and other Haitian art by hand. Some of...

July 19, 2019

Climate change is happening NOW and negatively affecting our planet! Many organizations are engaging in recycling programs, for example, Converse, 4Ocean, and, of course, MCLC. 

Converse is apparently instituting a new “Converse Renew” recycling option for all of its pr...

July 12, 2019

I recall going to camp in my village of Petion-Ville, Haiti as a kid, and honestly, I wasn't a fan. I was just very shy, and, as one gets older, it gets boring. Camp activities (from what I remember) included, tennis, soccer, swimming (in a pool, not a lake), arts & cr...

July 5, 2019

Once every month, everyone who donates to our organization, receives a letter highlighting what is going on at the Matènwa Community Learning Center. In May we discussed Open Space and what it means at MCLC. Open Space is, "a method for organizing meetings in which par...

June 28, 2019

This week, I attended the Haitian Ladies Network “Summer Meetup” at the Doña Habana restaurant in Boston. HLN is a community organization founded by Nadine Duplessy Kearns and is headquartered in Washington D.C. The purpose of the event was to connect women of Haitian...

June 17, 2019

School is almost over, but the Matènwa Community Learning Center is gearing up for its 9th annual summer camp. We have planned a range of activities for 300 participants of all ages— students from preschool through high school, MCLC teachers, and even adults from surro...

May 1, 2019

Water IS flowing! The trench from the deep well to the school is dug; eight solar panels, a 3000-gallon fiberglass chateau on a raised platform, and two water fountain stations are all in place. Pumps and rubber piping have been installed, so that water now travels up...

April 2, 2019

The little girl brown as a sapodilla
The little girl with the musical name
Treading lightly in Matènwa
There where the world is turned inside out
Where stones grow in the field

Is anyone at all listening

The little girl with the musical name
She treads lightly in Matènwa

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