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CapraCare HuffPostLive Panel

Posted on November 8, 2012

Founder and Executive Director of CapraCare, nonprofit organization serving the residents of Fonfrede, Haiti was a panelist on the HuffPostLive on October 19, 2012. The topic of discussion was the response of medical volunteers following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Other panelists join in the conversation such as Amy Costello, Dr Henri R. Ford and Dr Ben Nwomeh. The panelists brought their insights based on their expertise and /or experiences they witnessed while responding to the needs of the victims of Haiti earthquake.

The video segment is worth to watch as it will enforce all organizations and NGO’s to take on responsibilities for the volunteers they bring in to Haiti. In addition, it can spark a new discussion among medical volunteers to assess their true skills prior joining a disaster relief cause and ask themselves if they are ready to work in a new environment.

Now, enjoy the video:

CapraCare is exemplary in their methods they use to implement a community health program in Fonfrede, Haiti. They are now recruiting medical volunteers for their upcoming trip to Haiti in February 2013. Do not hesitate to contact CapraCare at for further details.

Haiti1Stop Advice: Remember as CEOs, Founders, Entrepreneurs, we ought to lay down the right platform for the recruited volunteers so they can better serve those in need in Haiti. Education, knowledge and the right leadership are essential to avoid medical mistakes and do no harm to others.

Haitian Women Profile – 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Training Program

Posted on October 24, 2012

The 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Program is an initiative led by Goldman Sachs with the partnership of the U.S. Department of State and the Thunderbird School of Global Management to educate women from various countries including Haiti about business management. Those great leaders are positively impacting the lives of those underserved women by providing them knowledge on how to sustain a financially viable business that can in turn, create more job opportunities in their communities, and be part of their country’s economic growth. Acquiring business acumen is important for these women to identify their products and services, attract customers, expand their brand and overall improve their financial performance.

We were in awe of the 27 Haitian women that were selected to the 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Training Program. After an extensive and rigorous interview process led by the U.S. Embassy in Haiti for the first round, the finalists were chosen by Thunderbird and Goldman Sachs.  The winners were offered a full scholarship including airfare, hotel, transportation, course materials, food and visa fees.  According to Amy Scerra, Program Manager of Thunderbird for Good, the 27 women started their first day of school on October 15, 2012 in Arizona at the Thunderbird School of Global Management for a two-week program.

Haiti1Stop congratulates again the 27 Haitian women selected in such prestigious program. It is an astonishing accomplishment on their part! We look forward to seeing more of them as they would become role models for other aspiring entrepreneurs in Haiti with better leadership skills.

Thanks to Amy Scerra, we have this great opportunity to share with our readers, the Diaspora and the local communities in Haiti, a profile of the 27 participants. So many of you wanted to know their backgrounds and the types of businesses they own. You will enjoy reading their bios as they all have impressive businesses from different cities of Haiti ranging from restaurant, hotel, construction, bakery, plant nursery, garment production, retail, engineering firm and much more.

Below is the Snapshot Bios of the 27 participants:

10,000 Women Haitian Global Cohort – Participant Biographies

Ms. Bruny Carmphtalie Laguerre
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Name: Volailles de Mon Pays
Business Description: Producer and distributor of eggs and poultry.
Languages: French, Creole, some English

Ms. Carline Seraphin
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Description: A small construction and engineering firm. Seismic experiments, small construction jobs to reconstruct Haiti.
Languages: French, Creole, Spanish and English

Ms. Carole Louis
Hinche, Haiti
Business Name: Carole Pépinière
Business Description: Plant nursery specializing in forest, fruit and ornamental varieties. She also is involved in water conservation and reforestation projects throughout Haiti.
Languages: French and Creole

Ms. Davina Rachelle Celestin
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Name: Davina Espace Artistique
Business Description: School of the Arts and Music. She teaches dance, drama, painting, singing. Her clients are typically between 14 and 22 years old. She wants to remind Haitians how to enjoy leisure after the earthquake.
Languages: French, Creole, and English

10,000 Women Haitian Global Cohort – Participant Biographies

Ms. Geraldine Montas
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Name: 18Cell & Accessories
Business Description: Retail store selling clothing, shoes, jewelry and technology accessories.
Languages: French, Creole, English

Ms. Jessica Victor Legerme
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Name: Jess Creation. Wedding dress production and seamstress
Business Description: She also produces school uniforms, professional uniforms, custom couture, and religious ceremony outfits.
Languages: French, Creole, English, some Spanish

Ms. Johane John Paul
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Description: Janitorial services and trash collection for office buildings and large businesses.
Languages: French and Creole

Ms. Josette Florvil
La Tortue, Haiti
Business Name: Lot Nivo.
Business Description: Produces and sells bottled juice, freshly made from fruit on the island of La Tortue. She wants to contribute to the good nutrition of her people, and dependence on locally sourced materials.
Languages: French, Creole, some English

10,000 Women Haitian Global Cohort – Participant Biographies

Ms. Linda Jeune Joseph
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Name: Mak Pa Nou Creation
Business Description: Her company makes shoes and custom sandals.
Languages: French, Creole, some Spanish

Ms. Marie Gilberte Salomon
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Name: Institut Louis Pasteur
Business Description: Nursing, pharmacy, and EMT School.  They also have a laboratory and training in medical technology. They started with 15 students in 1988 and now have hundreds.
Languages: French, Creole, some English

Ms. Marie Heleine Lundy Clervil
Jeremie, Haiti
Business Name: Vertigo Village
Business Description: She owns a hotel and resort in a rural area of Haiti that she renovated from a night club and restaurant. They also provide rental space for all occasions, catering, and conference hosting.
Languages: French and Creole

Ms. Marie Michelle Sanon
Cayes, Haiti
Business Name: Gift of God
Business Description: Handicrafts and food products.
Languages: French, Creole, some Spanish

10,000 Women Haitian Global Cohort – Participant Biographies

Ms. Marie Natacha France
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Name: Natou Restaurant
Business Description: Marie opened a restaurant in an area largely undamaged by the earthquake and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to many in the expat community and US Embassy customers.
Languages: French, Creole

Ms. Martine Comeau Chateigne
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Name: Simplement Marcha
Business Description: Garment production, largely by employing women to knit high quality products such as tablecloths, placemats, baby clothing, bags, bracelets, sandals, and more.
Languages: French, Creole, some English

Ms. Murana Casimir
Mirebalais, Haiti
Business Name: Partner’s Transportation et Finesse du Centre
Business Description: She leases rental trucks, and this business is four years old. Four months ago, she took over Finesse du Center, a restaurant and bar.
Languages: French, Creole

Ms. Myrline Larochelle
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Name: Imaj’Iné
Business Description: Graphic design and photography.
Languages: French and Creole

10,000 Women Haitian Global Cohort – Participant Biographies

Ms. Noberta Sainta
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Name: Tatie’s Home Patisserie
Business Description: Bakery and pastry shop.
Languages: French and Creole

Paulna Etienne
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Name: Himalaya Produits Naturels
Business Description: Natural plant-based foods and productsderived from the processing of fruit. Their main products are: jam (pineapple chutney, tomato-chutney, tamarind, guava, peach, grenadia), the soursop jelly, peanut butter, liquor (for tamarind, anisette, coffee and cocoa), tamarind wine, cocktail, the crémasse (mango, grenadia, rum-raisin, chocolate, coconut), nectar (mango, grenadia, tamarind, pineapple, guava).
Languages: French, Creole, some English

Ms. Sherley Philistin
Verrettes, Haiti
Business Name: Rapadou Service Traiteur
Business Description: Sherley caters both large and small events, weddings, and provides hospitality training to youth.
Languages: French, Creole, English, Spanish

Ms. Smide Petit-Homme
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Name: Bel Travay
Business Description: The business cleans delicate ceramic coated items. They also offer woodworking, plumbing, painting, metal roof installment, and maintenance of landscape. They offer services to banks, hotels, institutions of the State and more.
Languages: French, Creole, English

10,000 Women Haitian Global Cohort – Participant Biographies

Ms. Wesmia Bruno
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Name: Affiche-Toi!
Business Description: Creation of signage, marketing. They specialize in anything visual, and marketing “gadgets”.
Languages: French, Creole, English, some Spanish

Ms. Wislande Floreal Precil
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Business Name: Lover’s Store (retail clothing store), Cyber Café, and Boulangerie Wislandep (bakery).
Languages: French, Creole, some Spanish, some English

Ms. Yverose Vilmay Faustin
Petit Goave, Haiti
Business Name: Chocolat de la Montag CEFORS
Business Description: Locally grown and produced chocolate.
Languages: French, Creole, some English, some Spanish


Charitable Giving for a Haitian student

Posted on October 24, 2012

On October 11th, we ran a brief story in our Facebook page about the collaboration between the Haitian Connection Network (HCN), a non-profit organization based in Haiti and the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for giving a pro bono reconstructive facial surgery to one of HCN’s students so he can have a better life. The surgery was well deserving as the student named Daniel Smith was diagnosed to have a benign jaw tumor called ameloblastoma. You can read more of Daniel’s story in the Philly.Com News Article.

We just had another follow up with Kristen Hertzog, the Founder of the non-profit organization HCN to have an update of Daniel’s recovery from his surgery. He is doing well and by the end of November, he should return to Haiti and continue his online computer classes there. .

Daniel has one request; he needs a laptop to pursue his own independent study. We are asking you to help Daniel achieve his wish. If you would like to DONATE a good laptop in working condition to Daniel or the funds to acquire the equipment, please send us an email at and we will forward your responses to HCN. Feel free to visit HCN’s website. .

Charity goes a long way!

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Breast Cancer Awareness / Sensibilisation au Cancer du Sein

Posted on October 11, 2012

Written by Dahla

Breast Cancer Awareness

breast-cancer-ribbon-2-oct-2012October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Do you know that Breast Cancer is the second highest cancer in women and that it can also occur in men? We urge every woman to initiate a doctor’s visit and keep their follow-up appointment and continue to have their self breast manual exam regularly. Ask your doctor or healthcare provider about the correct way of doing a breast self exam. Breast Cancer is not a disease that occurs only in October and it is imperative that women listen to their bodies, ask questions and educate themselves on a daily basis.

Facts about Breast Cancer in the US from the American Cancer Society :

  • 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer some time during her life
  • About 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women
  • About 63,300 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be found (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer)
  • About 39,510 deaths from breast cancer (women)

For our Haitian Community, do you know that Haiti does not maintain a national cancer registry? With that said, many cases are unreported and often misdiagnosed by not having the proper tools of equipment and education to make the correct diagnosis. We ought to think about educating ourselves on this subject so we can better care for our bodies, and also urge the medical community in Haiti to take on greater initiatives in partnering with the local Health Ministries or international organizations so they, themselves have a better understanding on diagnosing this disease and also get access to the treatments so we, Haitian women can beat the odds.

Do your breast self exam regularly! Do not procrastinate on your health!

According to the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries (2002), Haiti had the lowest incidence and mortality rates from breast cancer among the Caribbean countries. But in 2011, Partners in Health reported that Breast cancer affects more women in Haiti than any other cancer and roughly 831 out of every 100,000 women are diagnosed each year. It may seem to be a small number for some of us but it is an alarming factor if our Haitians do not get access to medical care. Dr Ruth Damuse, a physician from the Zanmi Lasante’s breast clinic had been diagnosing at least 3 to 4 Haitian women with breast cancer out of the 40 exams she performed weekly at the clinic. This proves that we must seek medical care and not to delay it. Late detection of breast cancer can decrease the benefits of treatment outcomes and of course the survival rate.

The key is early detection and know your family history.

Do not let fear refrain you from seeing a doctor or healthcare provider. Do take your health seriously and stay connected with the healthcare community and share your struggles / findings with family and friends.

Remember Life is worth living!

Educate yourself by clicking on those links:

  1. What do you know about BREAST CANCER? Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation
  2. National Mammography Program – provides free mammograms. Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation
  3. Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2012 Source: American Cancer Society
  4. National Cancer Institute – latest news about available treatments for different types of cancer
  5. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation – all about breast cancer research and awareness programs
  6. Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program – Phone: (800) 877- 8077
  7. Haitian American Association Against Cancer (HAAAC) – provides links on treatment & support groups – Phone: (305) 572-1825 / Email:

Links in French & Creole

  1. Guide for breast exam (in French) Source: & Societe Canadienne du Cancer
  2. Cancer du Sein (in French) – provides information breast cancer in French. Source:
  3. Kansè TeTe (in Haitian Creole) – enfomasyon sou konman pou ekzamine TETE w pou kont pa w.

Source: Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) & American Cancer Society

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Mois de la Sensibilisation au Cancer du Sein

breast-cancer-ribbon-2-oct-2012Octobre est le Mois de la sensibilisation au cancer du sein – Savez-vous que le Cancer du Sein est le deuxième cancer plus élevé chez les femmes et qu’il peut également se produire chez les hommes? Nous demandons instamment à toutes les femmes d’initier une visite d’un médecin et de garder leur rendez-vous et de continuer d’avoir leur auto-examen manuel des seins régulièrement. Demandez à votre médecin ou professionnel de la santé sur la façon correcte de faire un auto-examen du sein. Le cancer du sein n’est pas une maladie qui survient uniquement en Octobre alors il est impératif que les femmes prennent attention de leur corps, posent des questions et se renseignent sur une base quotidienne.

Faits de Cancer du Sein aux États-Unis de l’American Cancer Society :

  • 1 femme sur 8 développera un cancer du sein invasif un certain temps au cours de sa vie
  • Environ 226,870 nouveaux cas de cancer du sein invasif chez les femmes
  • Environ 63,300 nouveaux cas de carcinome in situ (CIS) sera trouvé (SIC est non-invasive et est la plus ancienne forme de cancer du sein)
  • Environ 39,510 décès dus au cancer du sein (femmes)

Pour notre communauté haïtienne, savez-vous qu’Haïti ne maintient pas de registre national du cancer? Cela dit, de nombreux cas ne sont pas signalés et souvent n’ont pas un bon diagnostic surtout si il n’y a pas d’outils appropriés d’équipement et de l’éducation a faire le bon diagnostic. Nous devons penser à nous éduquer sur ce sujet afin que nous puissions mieux soin de notre corps, et nous pouvons exhorter également la communauté médicale en Haïti à assumer de plus grandes initiatives en partenariat avec les ministères de la santé locales ou des organisations internationales afin qu’eux-mêmes ont une meilleure compréhension sur le diagnostic de cette maladie et ont également accès à des traitements afin que nous, les femmes haïtiennes peut battre cette maladie.

Faites votre auto-examen des seins régulièrement! Ne pas retarder sur votre santé!

Se pou fet egzamen tete ou regilyèman! Pa pran reta sou sante ou!

Selon le Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries (2002), Haïti avait le plus faible taux d’incidence et de mortalité pour le cancer du sein compare aux pays des Caraïbes. Mais en 2011, Partners in Health a signalé que le cancer du sein touche plus de femmes en Haïti que n’importe quel autre type de cancer et environ 831 sur 100,000 femmes sont diagnostiquées chaque année. Ce fait peut sembler être un petit nombre pour certains d’entre nous, mais c’est un facteur alarmant si nos Haïtiennes n’ont pas accès aux soins médicaux. Dr. Ruth Damuse, un médecin de la clinique du sein « Zanmi Lasante » a diagnostiqué au moins 3 à 4 femmes haïtiennes avec le cancer du sein sur les 40 examens qu’elle avait accomplie chaque semaine à la clinique. Cela prouve que nous devons chercher des soins médicaux et de ne pas les retarder. La détection tardive d’un cancer du sein peut diminuer les avantages de l’issue du traitement, et bien sûr le taux de survie.

La clé est la détection précoce et de connaître votre histoire familiale.

Kle a se deteksyon bonè ak konnen istwa fanmi ou.

Ne laissez pas la peur vous abstenir de voir un médecin ou un professionnel de la santé. Prenez votre santé au sérieux et restez connecté avec la communauté des soins de santé et partagez vos luttes / découvertes avec votre et vos amis.

Rappelez-vous la vie est digne d’être vécue!

Sonje ke lavi a genyen valè!

Renseignez-vous en cliquant sur ces liens:

  1. What do you know about BREAST CANCER? Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation
  2. National Mammography Program – provides free mammograms. Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation
  3. Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2012 Source: American Cancer Society
  4. National Cancer Institute – latest news about available treatments for different types of cancer
  5. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation – all about breast cancer research and awareness programs
  6. Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program – Phone: (800) 877- 8077
  7. Haitian American Association Against Cancer (HAAAC) – provides links on treatment & support groups – Phone: (305) 572-1825 / Email:

Links in French & Creole

  1. Guide for breast exam (in French) Source: & Societe Canadienne du Cancer
  2. Cancer du Sein (in French) – provides information breast cancer in French. Source:
  3. Kansè TeTe (in Haitian Creole) – enfomasyon sou konman pou ekzamine TETE w pou kont pa w.

Source: Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) & American Cancer Society

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World Mental Health Day

Posted on October 10, 2012

Written by Dahla

According to the World Health Organization, October 10 is dedicated to raising public awareness about mental health issues. Their fact sheet on Depression reveals the following:

  • Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression. 
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.
  • More women are affected by depression than men.
  • At its worst, depression can lead to suicide.
  • There are effective treatments for depression. Though, access to treatment is a problem in most countries and in some countries fewer than 10% of those who need it receive such treatment.

Depression is a serious and alarming situation where most people in the Haitian community often disregard this illness and they do not seek help for proper treatment. Depression is real and it can happen to anyone, at any age, at any social and financial status. It can either be short-term or long-term depending upon the underlying factor and if it is left untreated, depression can leave the individual in a debilitating state. Sometimes, you would hear the word “moun fou” in Haiti (meaning crazy person) to identify an individual who has lost their mental abilities to comprehend and be logic in their regular activities. I often wondered if that person was to be seen by a medical doctor or licensed healthcare professional, would the diagnosis still be “moun fou”?  I don’t know but I always had doubts in my mind when I hear someone labeled as “moun fou” and that hurts.  

We have a long way to go in our community to remove the stigma of a “moun fou” as if that person has no emotions, no desires, and no love. I see people often laughed at those who are homeless, depressed or just act strangely to them just because they are odd to their eyes; but they forget that those people need help and have a story to tell. I would say that we can all be subjected to one day, in our lives to be depressed and that most of us can bounce back easily from it. But, for some, they may require medical treatment to become “normal” again which can be different in the eye of the beholder.

A tragedy, a specific trauma, a chronic illness, substance dependency,  the loss of a loved one, years of unemployment, the end a relationship, the loss of a child, long term injuries, natural disasters such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the tsunami, and many other situations can lead to depression. Whatever the case may be, we ought to listen to our bodies, to our emotions and reach out to others and seek help. And, sometimes our family and friends or colleagues are the ones that may bring it to our attention to see a mental health professional or a psychologist. From my perspective, when an individual has a mental disorder, their entire family suffers as well so I would say depression is a family, social and community illness and we  need to be more compassionate to each other and to the loved ones affected by a mental disorder.

Don’t suffer in secrecy! Do not be ashamed to acknowledge your depression!  Do seek help! 

There needs to be more training in our community, more health tools to treat the different types of mental disorders and prevent misdiagnosis. If you are diagnosed with a mental illness, know that you are not alone and please seek the proper treatment suitable to your needs. Find out about the clinics, health centers in your neighborhood that offer mental health treatment for your ethnicity and especially finding the right professional that speaks your language. Furthermore, if you are seeing a counselor, a psychotherapist, it does not automatically mean that you are a “ moun fou” (crazy person).

Take time to review the resources listed below and share them with friends and family. Let’s help each other be in a better place by acknowledging others, making them feel at ease to talk to us and by listening to their emotions through great communication.

Remember, a person with a mental disorder still needs to be loved!




  1. What is Depression?  Source: World Health Organization
  2. Mental Health News  Source: World Health Organization
  3. Mental Health Hotline Numbers and Referral Resources  Source: 
  4. Mental Health Help Hotlines  Source:
  5. Listing of facilities offering services to the Haitian American Community in NYC   Source: NYC.Gov- Community Mental Health 
  6. Haitian Mental Health (HMH) Network  – provides resources & conferences about mental illness
  7. Association Haitienne de Psychologie in Haiti - Phone: (509) 2244-2514/ 2244-2245   Email:
  8. American Psychological Association – provides resources on different disorders
  9. World Federation for Mental Health(WMFH) – provides resources on mental health, policy & conferences.   Email:
  10. Taking Care of your Emotional Health after a Disaster Source: American Red Cross
  11. WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP)  Source: World Health Organization


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Volunteer Opportunity Available with HCN

Posted on October 9, 2012

The following message comes from Haitian Connection Network. Please take the time to volunteer or share this opportunity with someone you know. HCN is one of the organizations listed on Haiti1Stop, and Kristen Hertzog, Executive Director at HCN was profiled in our conversations feature. Kristen’s work is all about providing Haitians with the proper and necessary tools for a great education.

Haitian Connection Network needs office volunteers weekday mornings in our sunny Brownstown/Ephrata! We provide educational opportunities to deserving students living in Haiti. Must be positive, enjoy working in a small office environment and desire to help the less fortunate through education!

Some Opportunities Include: basic office skills, organizing, advertising, sending emails, scheduling presentations and connecting virtually with Haitian students! We work with YOUR strengths and skill set! No Missions Experience Necessary!

For more information:

Twitter: @haitiinfocus
Videos: HCN Youtube Channel
Contact: Kristen Hertzog, Executive Director

The Art of Tweeting / L’Art de Tweeting

Posted on September 14, 2012

The Art of Tweeting

(English version)

Written by Dahla – Follow us on Twitter @Haiti1Stop

easyfishmarketing-comblogimagestweet-retweetTweeting is an important tool that allows many people to break news or to congregate over general news, a specific story, a specific cause or movement to bring awareness or to open a dialogue within the tweeting community and also to promote one’s brand and certainly share insights with colleagues, friends, business associates and the rest of the world.

I love the tool especially when used the correct way, it can bring people to follow your individualistic views or your brand. However, it is not to be taken lightly and to be used vaguely. All that we do on the web stays static and permanent and that can reflect your persona through the types of tweets that you are sending to people. To me, Tweeting is having a fun and sometimes serious conversation that is credible, honest and succinct with others. With that said, I refuse to tweet nonsense materials just because I want to gain popularity. If I were to do so, it would be the equivalent of speaking jargon and no one would understand what I’m trying to say.

In anything that we do in life, we ought to be respectful of everyone’s creative and original work. I realize that there are many people that are tweeting endlessly without quality of content; those that tweet with great content; those that tweet with no understanding of the use of the tool; and those that tweet other people’s messages without crediting them. The latter is what prompted me to write this piece to share how a tweet posting can bring frustration to an individual, company, a community or society if not done properly. Tweeting ought to be treated as if you were sending a professional email to someone because you take time to digest what you want to write, how to write it, to whom you want to send it and also review the spelling of the message content.

Thus, with Twitter, you can review your message prior to posting it, delete it from your posting if you don’t like it, or delete any negative comments from others. The other cool thing? You can share other people’s messages or news by retweeting them. Retweeting is great when done correctly because it allows you to broadcast a message you like so it can be posted onto your twitter page so that you can also share it with your followers. Do I think it is the only purpose for Retweeting? Certainly not! From my perspective, Retweeting is showing the original author(s) that you appreciate and value their insights and their information and that is why you are willing to retweet their message. It can also bring new followers to your twitter page and also allows the original author(s) to know who you are as your retweets will be shown on their twitter page as well. However, there is a correct way to “Retweet a message” and it involves giving credit to the originator of the message. This should be taken very seriously because not retweeting the correct way by not crediting the original author (a person, a company, a news media, and an organization) can be seen as plagiarism. And that you cannot do, because this action can falter your integrity and may lead people to unfollow you.

The creative minds behind the creation of Twitter, like Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, have truly captured our minds and hearts into using this tool and incorporating it into our daily activities. They created a fabulous engine while providing to us different icons on our twitter page to post a message, a picture, a video, an icon or to delete a message and most importantly to retweet a message. When you click the “Retweet icon” provided by Twitter, it automatically credits the original author of the message. Taking that action is quick especially when you don’t have the time to manually retweet with the “RT” symbol prior the original message. A “manual retweet” would entail a person to copy and paste the original message onto their tweet post and adding “RT” prior the original message with the @author. You can also add your own comment to the retweet message if more characters are allowed onto your posting and it takes practice and skill to do it manually without committing errors. Basically, what can you expect to see from a retweet message? Well, the message with the original author and the person that activated such action and finally the original author gets notified of that tweet as well. Thus, if you are new to twitter, I would urge you to use twitter’s “retweet icon”.

I personally came across an incident that occurred a few days ago where an organization has posted a twitter message and one person has copied the exact wording message onto their posting and failed to mention the organization’s name on their message. THAT was a faux pas! That person basically claimed to be the originator of the message when clearly he was not. This is clearly a dishonest action! This latter action can often be unnoticed to the original author unless they look closely at their tweeter community feeds to identify if any of their messages had been improperly retweeted or misused. Whether it is difficult to get caught or not, I would suggest all of you not to take this route because the tweeting community is smart, savvy and would not appreciate cheaters. Yes, we may all want to have popularity but please do it the right way! You must give credit to the person who wrote the story where you took it from.
You must !!!!!!!!!!!

Retweeting is about courtesy and supporting each other in their own endeavors. Many people want to tweet all day and retweet but what matters is content and not quantity. If you had the idea of tweeting about a story and you see a counterpart already talking about it, you can simply retweet that message correctly and add an extra insight from your perspective. We all can be a very happy family and respect each other online via different social media platforms.

Life is about creating, complimenting people for their great work and not to copy anyone else for fame or popularity. Not properly crediting an individual, a colleague, an organization, a company or a news media in your tweets is disrespectful, unprofessional and tacky. According to David G. Larson (aka Dave Larson), Founder of @tweetsmarter,

“Twitter reserves the right to suspend users for posting tweets without proper retweet attribution if done repeatedly”.

Well, were you aware of this information? That proves you that there is certainly an etiquette to follow and it should not be taken as lightly for those of you who want to plagiarize and not create original messages. David G. Larson eloquently writes about the ways to attribute credits to original author, and how to avoid common mistakes and he also provided the rules and best practices of Twitter in regards to posting other people’s tweet messages as your own. I would encourage everyone to read it and apply those rules in their daily tweets within the community and with the world.

I hope those tips can help our community to tweet and retweet the proper way with proper crediting to others. Below are some links I feel could help you learn how to credit other people for their original work or refresh your skills of retweeting.

  1. How to Retweet the Right Way in 4 Easy Steps by Laura Fitton. Source: HubSpot Blog
  2. How Misunderstanding Retweets Can Get You Suspended From Twitter by Dave Larson. Source: @tweetsmarter

L’Art de Tweeting

(Version Francaise)

Ecrit par Dahla – Suivez nous sur Twitter @Haiti1Stop

easyfishmarketing-comblogimagestweet-retweetTweeter est un outil important qui permet à de nombreuses personnes d’annoncer des nouvelles ou à se rassembler sur les nouvelles générales, une histoire particulière, une cause spécifique ou d’un mouvement de sensibiliser les gens ou pour ouvrir un dialogue au sein de la communauté. Tweeting, et aussi pour promouvoir sa marque et certainement partager des idées avec des collègues, des amis, des associés d’affaires et le reste du monde.

J’aime l’outil «Tweeter» en particulier lorsqu’il est utilisé de manière correcte, il peut amener les gens à suivre vos opinions individualistes ou votre marque. Cependant, il ne doit pas être pris à la légère et ne doit être pas utilisé vaguement. Tout ce que nous faisons sur le web reste statique et permanent et cela peut refléter votre personnalité à travers les types de tweets que vous envoyez. Pour moi, Tweeting c’est avoir une conversation amusante et parfois sérieuse qui soit crédible, honnête et au point avec autres individus. Cela dit, je refuse de poster des matériaux de Tweet qui ne font pas de sens juste parce que je veux gagner de popularité. Si je le ferai, ce serait l’équivalent de parler du jargon et personne ne comprendrait ce que je veux dire.

Dans tout ce que nous faisons dans la vie, nous devons être respectueux du travail créatif et original de tous. J’ai réalisé qu’il y a beaucoup de gens qui “Tweet” sans cesse sans avoir de la qualité dans leur contenu; ceux qui Tweet avec un excellent contenu, ceux qui Tweet sans la compréhension de l’utilisation de l’outil, et ceux qui Tweet les messages d’autres personnes sans leur donner des credits. Et, ce dernier m’a incité à écrire cette pièce pour partager la façon dont un “Tweet” affiche peut apporter la frustration à un particulier, une entreprise, une communauté ou d’une société s’il n’est pas effectué correctement. Twitter doit être traité comme si vous envoyez un courriel professionnel à quelqu’un parce que vous prenez du temps de rédiger ce que vous voulez écrire, comment l’écrire, à qui vous voulez l’envoyer, et aussi revoir l’orthographe du contenu du message.

Ainsi, grâce à Twitter, vous pouvez confirmer votre message avant de l’afficher, effacer votre commentaire plus tard si vous n’aimez pas votre message original ou de supprimer tous les commentaires négatifs des autres. Et, le truc qui est amusant, c’est que vous pouvez partager des messages d’autres personnes en utilisant l’icône “Retweet”. Retweeting est une action très forte lorsqu’elle est effectuée correctement, car il vous permet de diffuser un message que vous aimez afin qu’il puisse être affiche sur votre page de twitter de sorte que vous pouvez également le partager avec vos lecteurs / fanatiques. Pensez-vous que c’est le seul but de “Retweets”? Certainement pas! De mon point de vue, Retweeting montre l’auteur original que vous appréciez la valeur de leurs idées et de leurs informations, et c’est pourquoi vous êtes prêt à retweeter leur message. Cette action peut aussi apporter de nouveaux adeptes à votre page twitter et permet également l’auteur d’origine de savoir qui vous êtes comme vos “Retweets” seront montré ainsi sur leur page de twitter. Cependant, il y a une étiquette à suivre pour “retweet un message” et il s’agit de donner crédit à l’auteur du message. Ceci doit être pris très au sérieux parce que ne pas créditer l’auteur original (une personne, une entreprise, un média or une organisation) c’est de commettre le plagiat. Et, vous ne pouvez pas faire cette action parce qu’elle peut faiblir votre intégrité et peut amener les gens à ne pas vous suivre sur twitter.

Les cerveaux créatifs à l’origine de la création de Twitter, comme Jack Dorsey et Evan Williams, ont vraiment capturé nos attentions et nos cœurs en nous donnant cet outil « Twitter » parce que nous l’utilisons constamment dans nos activités quotidiennes. Ils ont créé un moteur fabuleux, tout en offrant à nous des icônes différentes sur notre page twitter pour afficher un message, une photo, un vidéo ou d’autres icônes ou de supprimer un message et, surtout pour “retweeter” un message. Lorsque vous cliquez sur l’icône “Retweet” fourni par Twitter, il crédite automatiquement l’auteur original du message. Prendre cette action est rapide surtout quand vous n’avez pas le temps de retweet manuellement avec le caractère « RT » avant le message d’origine. Un «retweet manuel” entraînerait une personne de copier et d’afficher le message d’origine sur leur poste de tweet et d’ajouter « RT » avant le message d’origine avec l’auteur @. Vous pouvez également ajouter votre propre commentaire au message retweet si d’autres caractères sont autorisés sur votre annonce, et il faut de la pratique et de compétence pour le faire manuellement sans commettre des erreurs. Fondamentalement, un « message retweet » comprendra le message, l’auteur original et la personne qui a activé une telle action, et enfin l’auteur original sera également notifié de ce tweet. Alors, si vous êtes nouveau sur Twitter, je vous invite à utiliser « l’icône de retweet » fourni par Twitter.

Il y a de cela quelques jours que je suis tombé sur un incident qui s’est produit où une organisation a posté un message sur Twitter et une personne a copié le message libellé exact sur leur poste et la personne n’a pas mentionne le nom de l’organisation sur leur message. Cette personne fondamentalement a prétendu d’être l’auteur original du message quand elle n’était pas par contre. Il s’agit clairement d’une action malhonnête! Cette dernière action peut souvent passer inaperçu à l’auteur original à moins qu’il suive près sa communauté de tweeter pour cribler et identifier si l’un de leurs messages ont été « retweeté » incorrectement ou mal utilisés. Alors, je dirais à vous tous de ne pas s’engager dans cette voie parce que la communauté de tweeter est intelligente, avisée et n’apprécierait pas les tricheurs. Oui, nous voulons la popularité mais s’il vous plaît, le faire de la bonne façon. Vous devez donner crédit à la personne qui a écrit le message original et c’est le meilleur comportement à prendre professionnellement. Il faut que vous attribuiez des crédits aux auteurs originaux!!!!!!!!!!

Retweeting c’est l’action de courtoisie et de soutenir mutuellement d’autres individus dans leurs projets ou entreprises. Beaucoup de gens veulent « tweeter » toute la journée et « retweeter » mais ce qui est important c’est le contenu et non la quantité. Si vous avez eu l’idée de tweeter sur une histoire que d’autres personnes en parlent, alors il vous suffit de « retweeter » ce message correctement et ajouter un aperçu supplémentaire à partir de votre point de vue. Nous pouvons tous être une famille très heureuse avec respect.

La vie est de créer, de complimenter et de ne pas copier quelqu’un d’autre pour la gloire ou la popularité. Ne pas créditer l’auteur original d’un message ( qu’il soit un individu, un collègue, une organisation, une entreprise ou un média) dans vos tweets, est irrespectueux, non professionnel et malhonnête. Selon David G. Larson (aka Dave Larson), Fondateur de @tweetsmarter,

“Twitter se réserve le droit de suspendre des utilisateurs pour l’affichage tweets retweet sans attribution correcte si elle se fait à plusieurs reprises”.

Eh bien, cela vous prouve qu’il y a certainement une étiquette à suivre et il ne devrait pas être prise à la légère comme pour ceux d’entre vous qui veulent plagier et de ne pas créer des messages originaux. David G. Larson écrit avec éloquence sur les moyens d’attribuer des crédits à l’auteur original, et comment éviter les erreurs les plus courantes et il a également fourni les règles et bonnes pratiques de Twitter en ce qui concerne l’envoi de messages de retweeter d’autres personnes. Je demande a tout le monde à le lire et à appliquer ces règles dans leurs tweets quotidiens au sein de la communauté et avec le monde.

J’espère que ces conseils peuvent aider notre communauté à « tweeter » et « retweeter » d’une manière professionnelle. Voici quelques liens qui peuvent vous aider à apprendre à créditer d’autres personnes pour leur travail original ou rafraîchir vos connaissances de retweet :

  1. How to Retweet the Right Way in 4 Easy Steps by Laura Fitton. Source: HubSpot Blog
  2. How Misunderstanding Retweets Can Get You Suspended From Twitter by Dave Larson. Source: @tweetsmarter

10th Annual Caribbean Health Summit – Orlando, FL

Posted on September 7, 2012

The 10th Annual Caribbean Health Summit is taking place this Saturday, September 8, 2012. The event will go from 8:00am – 2:00pm at Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32808. There will be free health screenings for PSA, cholesterol, glucose, body mass index, and more.

Please come and support the Caribbean Community of Central Florida, and those in collaboration with the Health Summit (Florida Hospital, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Inc., Greater Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Orlando, and Orange County Health Department). For information, call 407-648-9440 or visit


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Educational Trip in Cuba – Learning about the Cuban Health System

Posted on August 29, 2012

MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba) is the only U.S. organization specializing in Cuban health and health care. They are organizing an educational trip “An Insider’s View of the Cuban Health System” scheduled for January 27-February 2, 2013 to introduce people to Cuba’s healthcare and its people.

MEDICC‘s health-related itineraries are tailored to fit travelers’ interests and in the past 15 years, over 2000 Americans have been introduced to the Cuban health system. The trips are planned by Marazul Charters, a licensed agency that oversees all travel arrangements to/from and within Cuba.

For further information about Cuba’s healthcare exchange trip including itineraries, travel arrangements, travel costs and any other questions, please contact Elena Huezo at or (510) 350-3054.

Travel costs would include:
  • Round trip airfare between Miami and Havana
  • Lodging for six nights, including breakfast
  • Legal travel fully authorized under a U.S. Treasury Department license granted to Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba
  • Full program of educational exchanges tailored to your expressed interests
  • Ground transportation in Cuba for all program activities
  • Pre-trip orientation and relevant readings
  • A MEDICC expert and a specialized translator to facilitate your time in Cuba
  • Cuban Visa
  • Health insurance while in Cuba
MEDICC‘s educational exchange in Cuba can include the following activities based upon groups’ interests:
  • See the health care system in action, through onsite visits to health care delivery, health promotion, research and academic institutions, meeting and exchanging with health professionals and patients from primary through tertiary levels.
  • Visit a local polyclinic and exchange experiences with family doctor-and-nurse teams on their efforts to address the health of the community, with an emphasis on prevention and health maintenance.
  • Meet health policy makers and compare the challenges faced by health systems, health care providers and researchers in the USA and Cuba.
  • Visit community-based multi-sector activities intended to address the social determinants and risk factors affecting population health in Cuba.
  • Visit to a neighborhood transformation project (with a focus on a community health issues)
  • Visit a family doctor and nurse team in a Havana neighborhood and an “obesity clinic” for teens. How do people perceive the risk of obesity to their health?

To learn more about MEDICC the organization, please visit their listing under Haiti1Stop:

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