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16 days of bon bagay

16 days of bon bagay

  my introduction to haiti was a bumpy ride in the middle of the night, dodging unpredictable traffic and potential protest, headed to a city called tomazo for a quick cafe et pan break before hoping on a moto for a two-hour scenic route through the mountains to st. pierre, a small town in gran bois. i spent seven days in St. Pierre; paying close attention to nature, learning about the history of @beastmodeberc's family, fetching my own water, climbing mountaintops, taking creole lessons from 13-year-old samael and becoming very familiar with the latrine. in that remote space, i also admittedly burnt...

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womb fest recap and reusable menstrual pad reminder

womb fest recap and reusable menstrual pad reminder

  the disposable menstrual pads that are commonly used today are only about 100 years old. it is also said that every disposable pad that has ever been used is still rotting in a landfill today. and when the world transitioned to disposable menstrual pads it was not because of sanitation but rather because of the convenience the disposables provided to nurses in world war i battlefields. reusable menstrual pads were never an issue of sanitation, but rather a need for something super absorbent while living in a tent for months on end. ask yourself "do i work in a...

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8 tips on traveling to and through haiti

8 tips on traveling to and through haiti

so you're thinking about going to haiti, and you want to know if it's a good idea. let me first tell you it is a GREAT IDEA, and also let me be clear that haiti is a worker's country, so don't come to play without following these tips. 1. have some haitian kinfolk BEFORE you come to haiti. that could be your haitian homegirl that connects you to her uncle in PAP, or an organization RUN BY A HAITIAN (american). this is to root yourself properly into the country. NO your church organization DOES NOT count. 2. be prepared to OFFER TIME AND...

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how to resort zero waste

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how to resort zero waste

for an earth-inspired person like me, resorts can be a cringe-worthy experience. considering the amount of food waste, energy waste, excess materials, and privileged guests 🙄; it would seem like a resort would drive me crazy! and trust me i've been driven away from resorts before. but this time, i decided to focus on all the ways in which i could be zero waste at the resort. here's a few things i did to minimize my carbon footprint at the decamron in haiti 1. while eating at the buffet ONLY PICK UP WHAT YOU CAN EAT. the old adage from...

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first international pad party in haiti

reusable menstrual pads Zero Waste

first international pad party in haiti

(📸 photo cred: @thevirtuouslion @sadekaycreates) DONATE HERE: ent55.com/haiti when planning to host a PAD PARTY in haiti, i was advised that the turnout may be low. understandably so, because even in the US (you know, the country of free speech and freedom and ish) i am met with grimace faces, ignorant questions, and squirmy adults when i talk about reusable menstrual pads. in haiti, trauma, spiritual practices and patriarchy have made women limit their interactions with their own menstrual cycle. we hosted a pad party where my linesisters and i made pads for women in the Fayette community, where @beastmodeberc's family lives and...

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