Moving Back To Haiti - I Did It...

Ever since I was 15 years growing up in Spring Valley, New York, I said to myself that I would like to move back to Haiti by the time I am forty years old.

Camion Transport, Ouanaminthe Haiti
Camion Transport, Ouanaminthe Haiti

Back in those days the 'Haitian fear factor' was called 'Zenglendos.' It has since changed...

Moving to Haiti - The Fear Factor

You know... There is always a 'fear factor' in Haiti, something keeping Haitians abroad from moving back to Haiti... Something that 99.9% of Haitians in diaspora say: "When this over, lè Haiti chanje, m-ap retounen."

That fear factor is probably why many Haitians in the diaspora ask me these questions:

"You move back to Haiti? Are you Krezi??? "

"Why you... Why you want go back to Haiti for?"

"You are in America... Land of opportunity... You live in nice neighborhood... You drive nice car and you want go back to Haiti?"

Problem Yo!

Then they present me with the list of PROBLEMS Haiti has...

"Marengwen... Poussierre... Kidnapping... Murder... You fek tire yon moun Haiti la-a wi! O..O... Woody... Pran tet ou tande pitit!"

Haitians, some of them, talk about Haiti as if it is the ONLY country out there with problems, as if every other place on the planet is heaven and Haiti is hell on earth... Is it really?

I have a simple answer for all of them... I am the type of person who listen to my instincts. I've done many things in my life that others consider "crazy" because they are RISKY, including this very newsletter that you are reading now... There are those who think I should have a real job... a 9 to 5... You have an internet business? No No No... Get a real job... At least you get paid every Friday, some tell me...

I have regretted NONE of the decisions I've made in my life... As a matter of fact, I sometimes realize a few years after making the decision that I would have regretted NOT making the decision... Ou konprann?

Moving to Haiti - The Fear of DEATH!

I do agree that I may not die the same death in Haiti as I would in the United States but I believe I will die on the same exact day I am supposed to die no matter where I live... So what am I so afraid of?

I lost an older brother, Dior, he died in Orlando FL, 37 years old, He went to sleep and didn't wake up. I lost a younger brother, Evency, he died in Spring Valley New York, 33 years old, He was on his way to work on a motorcycle and a careless driver pulled out of a parking lot and killed him. If the fear of death is what is keeping you from moving back to Haiti then I am sorry to tell you: It's gonna get you where ever you are!

Moving to Haiti - Mission Accomplished

To some of us Haiti is a calling... I believe that the few of us who left Haiti were sent on a mission: To learn everything we can AND to come back and teach others what we have learned.

So... I did... I moved back to Haiti... For better or worse... Til death do us part!

Don't be afraid for me... Pray for me... Pray that I can dump all my knowledge onto some young minds in Haiti before my time is up.

M'ale

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Patrick P says...

I admire your courage...

a lot of us are in denial as we know for a fact home is home...

I command you on your decision.

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Islande says...

IT'S REALLY TRUE BRO, ONE ALWAYS NEEDS TO FOLLOW YOUR INTUITION AND DO WHATEVER YOU FEEL THAT'S GOOD FOR YOU.I DO FEEL THAT HAS A PLAN FOR US TO DIE ONE DAY NO MATTER WHERE WE ARE, HE ALREADY KNOW HOW THAT WE ARE GOING TO DIE. SPRING VALLEY IS A VERY NICE PLACE, I USED TO LIVE BEHIND ST JOSEPH CHURCH ON RT 45, BEFORE I USED TO LIVE ON MONSEY WITH THE JEWS THEN, I HAVE MOVED TO NEW JERSEY FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS.

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Joue says...

Love your story I'm a liberian American woman married to a haitian American I would love to move my kids to haiti for a new

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Myrtha says...

Thanks for writing this post. You made my day! This is the burning desire that has been in my heart as well for months now. We came to the States for a purpose.

I believe it is to learn as much abroad, get a degree, then go back and serve our people and our country.

If we don't do it, who will?

We can talk more

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Tamika says...

I want to do it too. Let's

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Tamika says...

I want to do it too. Let's

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Jaygeedennis says...

My Brother, I recignize your situation my advise is to contact Pastor Isdor in springvalley, I lived in SV also for a few years and Pastor Isdor is the most knowledgeable person on most things your considering and he is guided by Father

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Daniel says...

If plan ahead I don't see why

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Mimi says...

Thank you for writing this newsletter.

You seem to have the same story that is in my heart and you inspire me to go ahead and make my dream come true. My family say no but I really want to go back to Haiti.

I've been away for 25 years and I can't part from the idea of going back. Congratulations on your move. I am going to do

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Ralph says...

Woody,

Congratulations! At 15, I was right beside you in class entertaining the same dreams of eventually moving back to Haiti.

You took an admirable and bold step. Keep your head up. I drove through Hinche two weeks ago while touring the country.

Had I known you had moved back, I would have stopped by for coffee and a personal tour of your hometown.

Your buddy,

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