Sustainable Recovery in Haiti Panel

Join a select group of key stakeholders this Saturday Jan 12 on the third anniversary of the earthquake as we look back and forward to the future. A joint effort of Relief 2.0, Stanford University and ESIH. (more...)

Road to the Future Photo Exhibit

A visual journey through the impact of the earthquakes that hit Haiti in January 2010 and Japan on March 2011, the joint response and sustainable recovery efforts. (more...)

Journey of the X

Bicycle ride from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince, New York and Boston. Bringing together the TEDx communities on these cities and raising awareness on the challenges and opportunities of innovation and collaboration. (more...)

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Building a Draft Sustainable Development Strategy for Jimaní

Jimaní is a 12,000 people city by the Dominican Republic - Haiti border. Active human and goods transportation traffic goes through it daily and a significant part of its economy is linked to the bi-national market that operates twice a week when the border is fully opened and there is free crossing among the countries, mostly used for trade.

Interview with Dr Suda 1 year after the Tsunami

Dr Suda is a survivor of the Tsunami. At the age of 70 years old, he is still a dentist and is determined to re-open his dental clinic. Dr Suda did re-open his clinic 2 months after the Tsunami, and his determination did spark off other stores in the area to do so. Come listen to his experience in the past 1 year, post Tsunami.

What happened to our money? Where did the money donated to Haiti go?

What happened to our money?

Billions of dollars were pledged and a significant percentage of that has been spent in Haiti's disaster recovery related processes. But how much of that has made it to the people? With even the most conservative estimates, the money actually destined for Haiti should be enough to provide for at least 6 months or a year of income for the entire population in Haiti. A population that could be actively involved in the reconstruction of Port-au-Prince and restoration of the National economy instead of being systematically sidelined and excluded from the recovery process.

Selection of first Haitian goods to be offered on Relief 2.0 Marketplace

The main goal of Relief 2.0 Enterprise is to promote sustainable disaster recovery with dignity, inclusion and generation of wealth and opportunities. Our Relief 2.0 Marketplace is an important part of this strategy and one of the many paths to achieve this goal.

Why Japan and Chile were right to refuse foreign assistance and why it is wrong to do so

First encounter with Dr. Nobouyuk in Ishinomaki

I have often been asked what do I think of the Japanese and Chilean governments refusal to accept foreign assistance after the 2011 and 2010 earthquakes that affected extended areas and disrupted the lives of thousands of people in both countries. Having lived in Chile and Japan and having spent significant time in the field as part of relief operations of disaster areas as disparate as Japan, Dominican Republic and Haiti, I can probably provide some light on this question from a very generic and global perspective and at the same time very practical one.

Colombian Embassy Donates 770,000 Yen to Relief 2.0

The Colombian Embassy donated to Relief 2.0 the proceeds raised during the Colombian Independence Day celebration at Hibiya Park, Tokyo, last July and other sources. The formal donation ceremony took place at a fund raising dinner and party organized by the residents of Oakwood Premiere Tokyo Midtwon, thanks to the courtesy of Amy Hanashiro.

Relief 2.0 Marketplace

Relief 2.0 Marketplace Logo

Relief 2.0 Marketplace is a global on-line store where survivors and businesses from disaster areas offer and sell their products and services to the world, creating opportunities for recovery with dignity, inclusion and the generation and distribution of wealth to reactivate their local economies.

Relief 2.0 Projects in Japan for August - December 2011

We are focusing our efforts in Japan in three main projects:

  • Relief 2.0 Marketplace.
  • The Sustainable Recovery in Tohoku Photo Book series.
  • Art Exhibit and Cultural Fair in Ishinomaki.

All three projects are defined as social business endeavors and are to be executed with a business-like approach, taking care to make them not just sustainable, but profitable so that their proceeds can be used to support the survivors and to fund additional initiatives and continuous operation.

Report of Day 1 of the Relief 2.0 Third Mission to Miyagi

Shotengai Meeting

Arrived in Ishinomaki around noon and had lunch at a Chinese Restaurant. We were supposed to have a meeting with Abe-san, the female leader, but she got an unexpected meeting with city councilors and was occupied the whole day. We took the members around the neighborhood and the city instead.


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