Meet Louis Omiscar, Haitian oil drum artist, Dad, Husband

Timeline, Port au Prince: Father’s Day, 2022 This father’s day we salute one of our long-term artist partners, Luis Omiscar. He lives in Haiti’s Iron Village, Croix des Bouquets Haiti, with his wife and 2 children. Louis was born in 1987 in Haiti’s metal art district of Croix de Bouquet.  He began his work in the Iron Village at the young age of 8.  His Uncle Elly Thenor taught him the trade.  Louis recalls sitting in Elly’s studio watching him chisel metal, “I was amazed how … Read More

Why is Haiti so Poor?

Why is Haiti so Poor : Haiti's Burden NYT

Reasons Why / Causes for Haiti’s Poverty are Complex The following essay was written by Bob Corbett, a longtime advocate for this sovereign island nation; Bob gave Singing Rooster permission to put his essay on our site. Bob wrote this essay in 1986 — and EVERYTHING he said then still stands. It’s a thorough walk-through describing why Haiti is so poor – give this time. Another long-time supporter of the Rooster, Dr. Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall, has published a more comprehensive book on Haiti: Haitian History: … Read More

Reforesting Haiti with Coffee — Haiti’s Deforestation Explained

deforested mountains, Haiti, reforest w/ coffee

Singing Rooster has been reforesting Haiti with coffee for over a decade. We’ve planted tens of thousands of soil-stabilizing, income-providing trees. Before we tell you more about our work, we think it’s important to understand how things got so environmentally grim in Haiti. Hispanolia (the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic) was once full of splendid rain forests and fertile plains. Native Caribbeans inhabited the island for centuries before Columbus arrived in 1492. The Spanish, and soon after, the French, saw a land … Read More