The ISC Voyager

350 Trees in Haiti
24/02/2010, 2:38 am
Filed under: Fortnight Update

International News Highlights:

From Story to Substance: Notes on a talk from the Social Capital Markets Conference on three innovative infrastructures for tracking social investments

African Continent could generate 1.5 billion a year combating climate change

Yangtze Delta, supporting 400 Million people, already feeling negative impact of Climate Destabilization

20 years after the Berlin Wall, the Ordinary recall the Extraordinary

Denmark invites 191 leaders to the COP15, after Gordon Brown and others make plans to attend what was previously a conference for delegates

ISC Upcoming Events:

Nicaragua Fundraising Kick-Off + Reps :: Thursday Nov. 19th :: 6-9pm :: Sports Basement, Presidio, 610 Old Mason St. SF, 94129
Come fiestajar with and support your fellow Presidio students traveling to Nicaragua in January with Green Empowerment. Help us kick-off our FUNraising, learn about our trip and get 10% of everything in the store (with another 10% of the proceeds going toward the trip). There will be free beer, wine and tasty food a plenty, a raffle, silent auction and a piñata to boot!
The “R” Reps are all excited about their new roles, so they’ll be showing up to this event in force to talk about whatever’s on people’s minds Presidio-wise.Nicaragua Dance Dance Party Party :: Saturday Nov. 21st  :: 9pm- ?? :: Brunos, 2389 Mission St. SF, 94110
Partytime! Excellent!  Come shake your shtuff for sustainable solutions to community development and the Presidio students going to Nicaragua to implement them. Bruno’s, music, dancing, raffle, dancing, silent auction, dancing, need we say more?
Arrive before ten and the door fee goes to us!

The Latest and Greatest:

Presidio Plants 350 trees in Haiti on October 24th.
So you probably took part in the gorgeous photo of our human 350 on the International Day of Climate Action, but did you know that our school also raised enough money to have 350 avocado, mango, lime, grapefruit and coconut trees planted on the island of Ile-a-Vache in Haiti? Here are the pics of the trees being delivered to the school children who will plant and care for the trees.
Trees arriveKids with treesMary Solecki Gets Published in Triple Pundit
Our own Mary (C8) wrote a fantastic piece for 3P about her service learning trip to Nicaragua titled “The Impact of Storytelling on International Development.” Make sure to give it a read and support the next group of Presidians heading down to Nica.

Help Needed:

Nicaragua Service Learning Trip
A group of ten Presidians will be traveling to Nica from January 6-16th with Green Empowerment to support sustainable development projects and explore the prospects of entering the carbon market. We will be fundraising all month, please support us by donating money, goods or services and participate in our raffle, silent auction and various events throughout the month.

Presidio Passport:

Every issue we will highlight Presidians travels abroad.
Presidio students, faculty, and alumni are encouraged to e-mail Amanda Ravenhill ( and Tessa Rudnick ( and share your international stories: what you’ve worked on, what you’ve experienced, professional, personal, happy, sad, anything! The most compelling stories will be featured here. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures!This issue:

Christmas in Haiti
Amanda Ravenhill

My parents live in Haiti and work in the Public Health and Economic Development offices of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and so for the last eight years, once a year, I have had the privilege of journeying down to this breathtaking country. My favorite thing about Haiti are its people.  With centuries of political and environmental instability, there remains an optimism and joie de vivre, if you will, that is  reflected in the art and ingenuity that invades every space.  The backs of the taptap trucks (the local public transportation system) are intricately decorated with recycled steel drums and painted to reflect the drivers’ faith and idols from Jesus to Tu Pac. In the village of Labadie, where the Royal Princess Cruise ships ironically stop and tell their passengers that they have landed on Hispanola instead of Haiti, I was taken away by this house. Constructed of repurposed pallets and bamboo, it was worthy of a feature story in Dwell magazine. I look forward to returning this year for Christmas and visiting the school children pictured above that planted trees for us on October 24th. Ill be sure to take pictures and come back with more stories of art and resource efficiency.Pallet House

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