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The only Caribbean colony to gain independence by force, Haitians are proud of their country's status as the first independent nation in the Western Hemisphere.

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Corruption, dictatorships, and military coups have come and gone between waves of hope since then, giving this island nation a complex history that cannot be ignored.

But we'd also be remiss to ignore its beauty, its richness of culture and history, the tenacity of its people and the strength they've exuded for centuries. So before you rush out to see somewhere less traveled or volunteer where you think you're needed, know your impact. Do your research. There is always more to a country than meets the eye.

A smile from Haiti

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Volunteer dispatch: Building houses in Haiti

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Notes on a Picture I took in Haiti

Notes from a Medical Volunteer in Haiti

Matador member plans Spring Break volunteer project in Haiti

United States pushes partners to cancel Haiti’s debt


US Aid has hurt Haiti more than it’s helped

The West, not Hurricane Matthew, is the true devastator of Haiti

If you want to help Haiti after Hurricane Matthew, here’s why you should reconsider donating to the American Red Cross.

We were warned not to travel around Haiti by motorcycle. We did it anyway.

Haiti, a Caribbean country, is joining the African Union

The US wants to give peanuts to malnourished Haitian kids. Why is that a problem?

The politics of international adoption: 5 countries ranked on how they treat orphaned kids

In the air with Haiti’s first emergency helicopter service

On healthcare as an inalienable human right: One doctor’s story from Haiti

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