join our quest to enable the businesses of Tohoku to re-open and kickstart the local economy

Team Work Universal Humanity Interview with surviving business owner... Kanyama... Noboyuki, surviving dentist who lost his wife... Noboyuki, re-opens, honoring his wife... Musical hope... Relief 2.0 in action... Bringing certainty to an uncertain future...

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...)

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.

Shared Tables of Dignity: Restaurants and chefs unite to cook together with less fortunate communities

As a significant portion of the world's population receives the end of the calendar year amid family, religious and traditional celebrations, hundreds of thousands wait for the same dates with uncertainty, displaced from their natural homes by natural disasters or simply facing less favorable conditions than the rest of us in the coldest dates of the Northern hemisphere.

Help us Translate the We Have a Dream video

We are collaborating with the We Have Dream initiative to promote their dream visualization and drawing workshops for youth around the world. Within the next few weeks Relief 2.0 volunteers and partners will coordinate and host workshops in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Argentina to add even more local dreams and drawings to the growing collection of We Have a Dream and to their current workshops in Japan.

Incorporation of Relief 2.0 and Markets of Hope is now complete

To facilitate logistics, financial operations, our e-commerce initiatives and the support of international partners and collaborators we decided to incorporatw Markets of Hope as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) business and Relief 2.0 as a non-profit in the United States. The process has been surprisingly smooth and fast. We submitted the application for incorporation of both entities in Delaware with Inc. Now on Monday at 8pm and got approval, all documents and IRS Employer Identification Number for both by Wednesday at 5pm.

Sample Christmas Products from Guatemala for Market of Hope

Arbolito Navideño con QuitaPenas Guatemaltecos

As we get ready to launch the Market of Hope on-line store in time for Christmas, we've been curating, evaluating and selecting products to offer from our visits with Peace Boat to Guatemala, Haiti and Panamá, as well as our visits to Japan and the Dominican Republic.

Here is a first look at some of the products from Guatemala, commercialized by Sara Payola and her husband Pablo Coxaj Morales at the general market in Antigua.

If you can not wait for our marketplace to open next week or prefer to contact them and buy directly from them, here is their contact information:

PazArte: International Artists in Support of Japanese Artist Community

As part of our sustainable recovery initiatives, several international artists have sent their works of art to Japan as part of the Relief 2.0 "PazArte" project to support the recovery of the artist community in Tohoku through the solidarity of international artists.


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