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How Human Rights Can Build Haiti
Fran Quigley

This book combines careful research with personal observations and interviews to paint a graphic portrait of the reality in Haiti. It is a must-read for all those concerned about human rights – both in Haiti and elsewhere.

In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez
Paul Farmer and Gustavo Gutierrez

This book reflects intersection between the lives, commitments and strategies of two highly respected figures Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez; joined in their option for the poor, their defense of life, and their commitment to liberation.

Walking on Fire: Haitian Women’s Stories of Survival and Resistance
Beverly Bell

In this moving book, Bell, the founder and director of the Center for Economic Justice in Albuquerque, N.M., provides a forum for Haitian women to speak about their lives. All of Bell’s sources are dedicated to the alleviation of poverty; believe that food, housing and education are entitlements; and that gender equity is inseparable from economic justice.

My Stone of Hope: From Haitian Slave Child to Abolitionist
Jean-Robert Cadet

Jean-Robert Cadet was a restavek in Haiti from the late 1950s until the early 1970s. He told the harrowing story of his youth in Restavec: From Haitian Slave Child to Middle-Class American—a landmark book that exposed ongoing child slavery in Haiti. My Stone of Hope, continues his story from his early attempts to adjust to freedom in American society to his current life mission of eliminating child slavery through advocacy and education

 The Uses of Haiti: Second Edition
Paul Farmer

This book offers a close examination of the exploitation of the Haitian poor, going beyond a narrative history of events to analyze the ideological backdrop to U.S. policy in Haiti.

Twinning Faith & Development: Catholic Parish Partnering in the U.S. and Haiti
Tara Hefferan

This is a study of the relationship between two Catholic parishes: St. Robert in Ada, Mich., and Our Lady of the Nativity in Verrettes, Haiti, under the umbrella of the parish twinning project.

Mountains Beyond Mountains
Tracy Kidder

Mountains Beyond Mountains takes the reader from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia as Dr. Paul Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity” – a philosophy that is embodied in the small public charity he founded, Partners In Health.

When the Hands are Many: Community Organization and Social Change in Rural Haiti
Jennie Marcelle Smith

When the Hands Are Many illustrates the philosophies, styles and structures typical of social organization in rural Haiti. The author integrates these organizations’ strengths into a new vision for social change and asks what must happen in Haiti and elsewhere to facilitate positive transformation in the world today.

An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President
Randall Robinson

A searing overview of Haitian history and the reasons behind Haiti’s persistent poverty and isolation is followed by a riveting account of the 2004 coup against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Hidden in the Rubble: A Haitian Pilgrimage to Compassion and Resurrection
Gerard Thomas Straub

Filmmaker Gerry Straub was in Haiti weeks before the earthquake. After the earthquake, he followed exhausted doctors and aid workers trying desperately to relieve the suffering. Hidden in the Rubble opens a window on a scene of crisis, but it is ultimately a powerful and haunting challenge to enter into compassionate solidarity with the poor at our doorstep.