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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.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Making connections

I am so busy with school, my upcoming trip to Haiti is something I look forward to. over the weekend i plan to organize my thoughts, plan the days etc. (more on that in the next 1-2 days)

Yesterday, at the U.N. International donor conference for Haiti, U.S. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton said: “Aid is important, but aid has never saved a country”. Her words underscore the complexity of assisting Haiti in its reconstruction effort: while the unprecedented funding pledges signal an international willingness to support the ravaged country, there is reason to be skeptical about whether a coordinated, efficient strategy for nation (re) building will emerge.

The success of the conference, however, should not be diminished. The government of Haiti had originally intended to raise about $4 billion in pledges, including $1.3 billion for humanitarian relief over the next 18 months. At the outset of the conference, the international community had pledged nearly $10 billion dollars to support Haiti reconstruction efforts over the next three years, with $5.3 billion designated for 2010 and 2011. Even Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world, pledged to donate $200,000.

All of that makes me both happy and reassures me that I am doing the right thing: investing in Haiti’s best resource – the children, education, enabling Haitians to help themselves.

Starting to take yellow fever pills in 2 days:)

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