I'm Nittai Malchin, a senior at Palo Alto High School in CA and the founder of One Love Advocates. Our mission is to do whatever possible to improve access to education in communities that are struggling with destructive or endemic problems. My immediate focus is helping kids in Haiti gain access to educational opportunities. I recently traveled to Haiti, and I will be documenting my trip on this site. There are 4 sections (see navigation above) to my mini site: (1) my blog where i document my activities, impressions and thoughts from Haiti (2) About One Love where you can read more about the initiative (3) Support One Love where you can learn how to get involved, donate or help (4) contact info. And on the right sidebar you will find more info such as links to other sites, feeds, photos, videos, and ways to contact me or share One Love with others. Also, check out the cool toolbar on the bottom of your screen to see our videos, photos, and Facebook page, for translations, and more. Thank you for visiting and feel free to share your thoughts.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My Trip to Haiti

Great news! My trip to Haiti is happening! After a few days of messing around with my schedule and dealing with lots of logistics (Haiti is not easy to get in and out of, find a place to stay etc.), I was able to find the perfect time to go. I'll be leaving on April 9th, with my Dad, fora week. I was able to work out a custom program in which I'll be working closely with kids in makeshift schools in Port-Au-Prince.

As I've said before, Education really needs to be one of our biggest focus as it provides both immediate and long-term solutions for Haiti's problems. Getting kids in schools keeps them safe and off the now-dangerous streets. More importantly, it employs a sense of community in the children, while teaching them to appreciate learning and always seek new knowledge. Considering the fact that these kids will compose Haiti's future, these traits will bode well for the country's future.

Along with some hard work by me and help from my parents, two people have helped me make this trip a reality: Daniel Kedar and John Engle. Daniel Kedar, who is married to the ex-Haitian Minister of Tourism and is deeply involved in saving the people of Haiti. Daniel, along with his organization (Prodev), has built 14 makeshift schools in Haiti for young children and is recruiting, training, and supporting teachers to educate the children and keep them safe. This solves two major issues: lack of education and childrenS' safety in the terrorized streets of Haiti. Daniel is also a professional photographer and is thoroughly documenting his work in Haiti and has held exhibits in the past displaying the Haitian people and culture.

I contacted Daniel and we made a plan for my trip. I'll be working with kids in Prodev's schools by teaching them about and how to use computers, as they are very eager to learn. Also, I plan to teach them a thing or two about Soccer (if they even need teaching, as I think they're pretty good at Soccer over there) which should really be fun.

That's all for now. Please let me know if you guys have any ideas about what I can do in Haiti, or if you just want to let me know what you think. Thanks!

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