Sa je pa we, ke pa tounen
(What the eye doesn’t see, will not move the heart)
Ou kouri pou lapli, wal tombe nan basin
(You start running because of the rain, but end up falling in a basin)
Jou fèy tonbe nan dlo, se pa jou li pouri
(A leaf doesn’t wilt the same day it falls in water)
Pwomès se dèt
(A promise is a debt)
Do any of these sound familiar? If they do, it’s probably because you’ve been guilty of saying them, or someone in your family keeps saying them to you. Either way, Haitian Proverbs play a big part in Haitian culture. We’ve all had someone forewarn us or teach us a lesson by reciting these proverbs.
Please share with us your favorite Haitian Proverb.
Lequel des ancêtres Haïtiens admirez-vous le plus ? Et pourquoi ?
Kilès nan zansèt ayisyen ou pi admire? Epi pou kisa?
Which Haitian ancestor do you admire the most? And why?
Please share your insights with us below or on our Facebook page.
Written by Dahla – Follow us on Twitter @Haiti1Stop
Quelques mots pour la Saint-Valentin
La fête de Saint-Valentin n’est pas seulement un jour pour les amants. Il s’agit aussi d’une journée de reconnaissance de l’amour en nous pour aider les autres. Souvent, nous nous appuyons sur cette seule journée pour être gentil, romantique, attentif, ou affectueux à ceux que nous aimons. C’est normal de célébrer cette journée avec ses proches mais il est également important de montrer notre amour et notre compassion durant toute l’année.
Nous avons réalisé que la plupart des gens au jour de la Saint-Valentin peuvent sentir plus d’insécurité simplement parce qu’ils sont seuls, ils n’ont pas d’amants, ou ils ont des situations difficiles. Cepedant, le facteur le plus important, est de “VOUS AIMER” avant tout! Ne laissez pas une seule journée ruiner vos émotions juste parce que vous êtes seul ou que vous n’avez pas quelqu’un romantique avec vous.
- Si vous n’avez pas de Valentin or Valentine pour celebrer ce jour, nous aimerions que vous sélectionnez une organisation de bienfaisance ou une personne dans le besoin afin d’étendre votre amour pour eux, en les aidant.
- Pour tous les jeunes et les adultes, il est important de ne pas avoir des relations sexuelles simplement a cause de la Saint-Valentin et que vous aimeriez etre aimé. Restez fidèle à vous-même!
- Pour les personnes (individus consentants) qui prévoient d’avoir des rapports sexuels pour la Saint Valentin, s’il vous plaît soyez responsable en utilisant un préservatif. Haiti1Stop vous dit: Pas de préservatif, pas d’amour.
L’amour, c’est la réflexion, la compréhension, le respect, l’humilité, la vérité, la famille, la passion et beaucoup plus. Alors, pour la Saint-Valentin, il serait sage de définir ce que l’amour signifie pour vous afin d’eviter des regrets.
Haiti1Stop étend son amour et ses prières pour tous les orphelins, les handicapés, les victimes du seisme, les familles en deuil, les enfants disparus, les ancêtres, les mères aimantes et les parents et des millions d’autres familles. Souvenez–vous que le vrai amour ne peut pas être acheté, il peut se faire sentir, il peut être apprécié, il peut être contagieux, et peut être exprimé à tout moment et n’importe où, par un proche ou un étranger, et il ne coûte rien du tout, et surtout le vrai amour ne fait pas de mal.
Souhaits de Haiti1Stop pour la Saint-Valentin: Soyez heureux! Soyez reconnaissant! Soyez plein d’espoir!
A few words on Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is not solely a lover’s day. It is also a day to acknowledge the love within us towards others. Often, we rely on this only day to be nice, to be romantic, to be caring or to be loving to the ones we love. While it is a good thing to be in the moment and genuinely celebrate that day with loved ones, it is also important to show our love and caring throughout the year.
We realize that most people on Valentine’s Day might feel the most insecure just because they are lonely, single, or they do not have a boyfriend or they are going through difficult situations. The number one factor is to “LOVE YOU” first. Do not let just one day ruin your emotions just because you are lonely or you do not have someone to be romantic with.
- If you do not have a Valentine to celebrate with, we challenge you to select a charity, or a person in need, to be your Valentine and extend your love to them by helping them.
- For all the youngsters and adults, please do not have one night stand just because it is Valentine’s Day and you want to be loved. Do not have sex just because it is Valentine’s Day. Stay true to yourself and respect yourself!
- For people (consenting individuals) planning to have sex on Valentine’s Day, please be responsible and buckle up, which means do use a condom. Haiti1Stop tells you: No condom, No love.
Love is about thoughtfulness, understanding, respect, humility, learning, truth, family, passion and much more. So, whatever it may be for Valentine’s Day, it would be wise to define what love means to you before you do anything regretful.
Haiti1Stop extends their love and prayers to all of you: the orphans, the disabled, the earthquake victims, the mourning families, the needy ones, the missing children, the ancestors, the loving mothers and parents and millions of other families. Remember true love cannot be bought, it can be felt, it can be appreciated, it can be contagious, it can be expressed anytime and anywhere by a loved one or a stranger and it does not cost much at all and most importantly true love does not hurt.
Haiti1Stop Valentine’s wishes: Be Happy! Be Thankful! Be Hopeful!
Whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, the important thing is to acknowledge your blessings to the Divine Source. Let’s be humble and count our blessings in everything we do. Volunteer your time wisely to help others, bring comfort to someone in need, be present in the moment and do not let the purchasing of gifts, and attending of events, overwhelm you to the point that it overshadows the true meaning of the holiday season.
We get so caught up that often we forget to pay attention to where the mind really needs to be. Do not feel pressured into buying things that you do not need and cannot afford to buy. Invite your children in the spirit of giving to others whether it is a meal, a piece of clothing, a candy, a card, a smile, or more attention, the gesture will be appreciated.
Haiti1Stop wishes hope and positive beginnings to the families who’ve lost a loved one to a natural disaster, and those who are still struggling daily.
Count your blessings, because you never know when you will ever be in need, which is why it is also very important that you acknowledge and respect everyone.
Haiti1Stop words of wisdom:
- Impact people’s lives differently in 2013.
- Start the New Year with a positive mind.
- Start with a journal by writing your thoughts, accomplishments, and hopes.
- Define the “how”, the “why” and the “who” in your life that is keeping you from becoming the best person you can be.
- Reach out to others: a neighbor, a friend, a school, a shelter, a parish, a beggar on the streets, a nonprofit or a cause and many other avenues to make a difference in someone’s life by the end of this year and continue with the tradition yearly.
- Leave positive imprints everywhere you go.
- Love, respect, support, encourage and help one another.
Exclusive Travel Package Invites World Travelers To Experience A Caribbean Adventure
NEW YORK, NY — November 14, 2012 – My Haiti Travels, a boutique concierge firm that coordinates high-quality travel services to Haiti for leisure and business purposes, today announced its first annual “Impact Week Haiti 2013” signature expedition to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The five-day package will feature custom activities, volunteerism, networking and touristic exploration of the Caribbean island nation on January 17-21, 2013. The trip is all-inclusive, including all meals, hotel and beach resort stays, private ground transportation and professional escorts in Haiti.
“Impact Week Haiti 2013” will offer vibrant events featuring live entertainment, fine dining, nightlife, beach resort activities on the Arcadins Coast and more. Guests will also enjoy one-of-a-kind cultural affairs, historic excursions and scenic tours of Haiti that capture its long and renowned history as the first independent sovereign nation in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the first black republic in the world when it declared independence from France during the Haitian Revolution on January 1, 1804.
“With Haiti in my heart, I founded My Haiti Travels with a mission to expose a positive image of Haiti, help stimulate the local economy, as well as create an unparalleled platform for international travelers to experience Haiti’s authentic beauty through our eyes,” said Dina Simon, founder and managing director, My Haiti Travels. “During Impact Week Haiti 2013, our clients will receive exemplary services dedicated to introducing the real Haiti – - the people, attractions and the exciting developments that lie ahead.”
To coincide with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday in the United States, the “Impact Week Haiti 2013” itinerary will also include a “Project Day” to allow participants to serve the youth in Haiti through volunteerism at a site supported by community activist Anedie Azael, Miss Universe Haiti 2011 and Miss Haiti International 2011. Azael competed last month in the 2012 Miss International beauty pageant in Okinawa, Japan where she won a special award in a category presented by JOICFP, a Japan-based international NGO that works to improve the health status of women, men and young people of the world.
My Haiti Travels was created shortly following the devastating earthquake of January 2010 to support the resurgence of tourism and investment in Haiti, and to promote the patronage of local businesses, hotel and resort establishments and restaurants. The agency provides unique travel experiences tailored to each client’s specific needs, lifestyle and budget. The premiere “Impact Week Haiti” targets multicultural travelers seeking social and civic discovery of Haiti’s historic attractions, culture and natural beauty. In addition to travel services, My Haiti Travels is building an online destination for information, reviews and ratings of hotels, restaurants and destinations across Haiti.
“Like Haiti, we are open for business and invite you to explore this vibrant Caribbean island nation with us,” shared Ms. Simon.
A discounted early-bird registration rate is now available through December 1, 2012. For more information and to register for “Impact Week Haiti 2013,” visit www.ImpactWeekHaiti.com.
Media partners of “Impact Week Haiti 2013” include Bel Ti Fi,Haiti 1 Stop, Haitian All-Starz, HaitiXChange, Kiskeácity, Manman Pemba, Radio Soleil and The Stewardship Report. For sponsorship and media partnership opportunities, please contact My Haiti Travels at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday December 1st, 2012, the Greater Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Orlando (GHACC), will be providing a career development day at the Public Library. The event will take place from 11:00am – 2:00pm, at 4600 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32839.
The GHACC is here to serve the Haitian community of Orlando, and look forward to helping you get your dream job! For more information, please contact the GHACC via email at email@example.com or phone at 407-308-5803.