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Haitian Proverb & Wood for Haiti

Piti, piti, wazo fe nich li.

Bel dan pa di zanmi.

Fanm pou you tan, manman pou tout tan.

Dye mon, gen mon.

Sak vid pa kanp.

Neg di san fe. Bondye fe san di.

 

Haitian proverbs speak the truth about Haiti’s mindset and heart that have struggled so long for something better for its people.


Piti, piti, wazo fe nich li.  

Little by little, the bird builds its nest.

Every larger goal necessitates the accomplishment of many smaller goals along the way.  Wood for Haiti’s (WFH) efforts will take time, but together with Haiti, WFH will, little by little, build “nests” for the Haitian nation:  nest by nest – until every Haitian family in need of a home has one.  WFH will also attempt to facilitate other projects that strive to “rebuild Haiti” – including such projects as reforestation, architectural and agricultural training, and industrial growth – in the hopes that the education, industry and economy will be revitalized so that the nation can see the possibility of prosperity on the horizon. 

 

Bel dan pa di zanmi.

Just because someone is smiling at you doesn’t mean they are your friend.

There appears to be some Haitian distrust and frustration with efforts that have been made to reconstruct Haiti since the January 12, 2010, earthquake. Wood for Haiti is working to develop a grassroots movement in Haiti based on the basic principle that WFH will only succeed if faith in this humanitarian effort is shared by the people of Haiti. Our mantra is that we are simply facilitators of what the Haitians believe is in their best interest. When WFH smiles at Haiti, we are your friends because to whatever degree is possible we join in Haiti’s cause. 

 

Fanm pou you tan, manman pou tout tan.

Wife for a time, mother for all time.

Women are at the center of all life. They bring life into the world and care for and nurture the children who are the future. Besides the health of their families, having the security and dignity of a good, solid home is very important to the mothers of Haiti.  This provision will result in a genuine sense of pride in their community.

 

Dye mon, gen mon.

Beyond mountains, more mountains.

There are few nations in the western hemisphere or in the world, for that matter, that have suffered such long struggles against all odds to come out from under the rubble of all that has been heaped upon them than Haiti. WFH is discovering that there are always more mountains to climb as we work to bring the assistance to Haiti that it has long deserved.  It is, ironically, the recurrence of struggling in life that serves to create the strength and resilience of an individual and that simultaneously brings people together.  Haiti is comprised of an incredibly admirable people in this respect.

 

Sak vid pa kanp.

An empty sack can’t stand up.

Since January 12, 2010, hundreds of thousands of Haitian people have been living in subhuman conditions – in tents that offer little protection. The winds and rain tear the tents, making them useless. WFH proposes to provide a durable solution:  walls of wood, concrete foundations and tin roofs all tied in together to replace those tents. 

 

Neg di san fe. Bondye fe san di.

People talk and don’t act. God acts and doesn’t talk.

We look at the eyes of the hundreds of people who, handicapped by the wake of extreme poverty, wait to hear, wait to see, wait…wait…wait for something that is better than what they have. It is clear that they have been hearing people talk, reading what people write and believing in promises. After waiting and waiting, nothing happens.  But they continue on in their lives, to the extent that they are able.  As WFH’s founder has said on many occasions to our leaders in Haiti, WFH is not promising anything until we are confident that we can live up to our promises.  With perseverance and patience, WFH’s “talking and writing” will result in DOING – and we declare to Haiti with a sincere heart: WE WILL NOT GIVE UP!