As the World Humanitarian Day approaches, I started to think about my own motivation to be a humanitarian actor. It is a question I have answered many times, during interviews for jobs or to my friends, but my answer never really seems to grasps the...

I am what I call a gender person. I studied humanitarian action and human development in general, but I always put an extreme and high interest on gender equality. So, when I arrived in in Jacmel, capital of the South Eastern region, to be a...

The first perception once arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has been a great hot and humid heat wave that wrapped me completely. Hot and humid heat wave in a truly and deeply literal sense. After picking up our bagagges at the airport Toussaint Louverture (one of the...

"How many meals have you eaten in the course of the last week? And how many of them included bread or cereals, how many fruits or vegetables?" These or similar questions may be used to get an impression about food security, a concept that was defined...

A very common and everyday situation: The trash can is full. Usually not a big deal, when there’s always a container somewhere to dump your waste. But what if there isn't? Coming to Haiti, I accustomed myself rather fast with the daily life and the new surroundings....

It’s been a month since Simon and I arrived in Haiti. Actually, our first impressions were better from what we expected. Jacmel is one of the largest cities in Haiti with 40,000 people in the city and 170,000 including suburbs. The population is welcoming and...

30 January 2013 Languages, by Mayte Vizcaino Simon and Djilali arrived two weeks ago, they are the two people who together with me, form the  Aid Volunteers team  in Haiti. Although the staff of International Solidarity is alive, I stop at the current situation to talk about a...

  Christmas in Jacmel by Mayte Vizcaino A Canadian girl, an American boy and I, exchanged points of views on little Christmas celebration here. Whatever the reason is, the fact is that it is not particularly celebrated. On December 24, at the office, I was surprised that...

My first walk alone, by Mayte Vizcaino December 9, 2012 Today I have my first walk alone in Haiti. I left home to go to the city center, and in that half-hour ride I liked to greet people, give each other the way, to see them closer...