History of "If Pigs Could Fly: Haiti"

How we came to work in Haiti

posted May 10, 2010, 6:48 PM by Randy Mont-Reynaud   [ updated Oct 1, 2012, 12:03 PM ]

After several years trying to find a magic bullet to somehow solve the problems of subsistence farmers in rural Haiti, and trying to understand my own motivations, I came across Alexander McCall Smith's narrator's surmises in Morality for Beautiful Girls.  So, it happened to be my mazel (luck) to arrive up in Mon Bouton, some 3500 feet above the plain of Leogane. 
Because of a cup of coffee. (But that's another story.)

As with Alexander McCall Smith's narrator, I could not refuse to help persons in need.  And yes, although Haiti is not (exactly) Africa, it is safe to extrapolate, "Not that you could do everything.  Africa was full of people in need of help and there had to be a limit."  Haiti has 8 million hungry people (not counting city-dwellers, who manage to eat every day). So, for myself, in Haiti, I set the limit: just one hillside, just one small mountain, that's all. 

McCall Smith's narrator continues, "You simply could not help everybody, but you could at least help those who came into your life.  The principle allowed you to deal with the suffering you saw.  That was your suffering.  Other people would have to deal with the suffering that they, in their turn, came across."

So, I'm dealing. That's about it.

What about you?

So, one makes a choice, tries something, hopefully learns something, begins again, if not anew.

What we learned, I learned, was that hunger is a prime mover.  And for most Haitians (city and mountains), any decent work was a good job - if it fed you (and some of yours) on a day to day basis.


posted May 8, 2010, 4:12 PM by Randy Mont-Reynaud   [ updated May 8, 2010, 4:13 PM ]

May 8, 2010 - Toma has emailed us a report of earthquake relief aid disbursements.


posted May 8, 2010, 4:12 PM by Randy Mont-Reynaud   [ updated May 8, 2010, 4:16 PM ]

This is a translation, as best we could muster, of the year end report for 1009.


posted Oct 19, 2009, 10:41 PM by Randy Mont-Reynaud   [ updated May 8, 2010, 4:26 PM ]

We're on target...

posted Oct 19, 2009, 9:47 PM by Randy Mont-Reynaud   [ updated May 11, 2010, 4:23 PM ]

Taking that big AA bird outta New York on or about June 19 direkteman to Ayiti cherie to meet Toma et al si Dieu vle.  Hope to make it to Dabon without looking...

The status of our grant writing(s)...

posted Oct 19, 2009, 9:46 PM by Randy Mont-Reynaud   [ updated May 22, 2010, 9:00 PM ]

Randy has finally been able to find time to put pen to screen and churn out small grant proposals, in addition to putting together this website.  So, please have a look, give us some feedback and give us some $$!!!

No Overhead as Pigs Fly...

posted Oct 19, 2009, 9:44 PM by Randy Mont-Reynaud   [ updated May 31, 2010, 8:51 PM ]

Because board members pay administrative costs, 100% of all contributions to If Pigs Could Fly go directly to our mountain people, for their work, their projects, their pockets!

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