The Haitian proverb says “Don’t throw rocks at a green mango.”  I’m a green mango. I’m a lover of all people, a hater of bad fashion, and an advocate for better practices in aid work. I write because I believe we need a new way to talk about Aid, Charity, Humanitarianism, Mission, Philanthropy and all such noble forms of helping and good doing. I’m constantly learning, discovering, and developing as a human being in this big messed up world.  I’m no expert on anything but in this blog I share my opinions based on my experience currently living and working in Haiti.  I am also an artist, storyteller, and activist always searching for new ways to express the beauty and the tragedy that I encounter along the way.  I am a green mango.  Don’t throw a rock at me yet.

I am a freelancer at almost all that I do. I don’t get paid by any organization to do what I do. I am simply an artist and a writer who lives in Haiti and tries to share what I learn along the way of living this life here. So if you appreciate what you find on this blog, please consider making a donation to help me keep doing just that. I can’t tell you how much I’d appreciate it. Thanks!

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*The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of an individual and in no way represent the position of any organization or group that I do or have ever worked with.  If you would like to learn more about Living Media International, please visit http://www.livingmedia.org or The Mountaintop BAZ, at http://www.mountaintopbaz.com.  I currently serve as the Executive Director of the Jacmel Arts Center, you can learn more about that at http://www.jacmelartscenter.com. If you would like to see my art please visit http://www.leerainboth.com.


  1. Hi Lee!

    Hope from Indiana here. I am one of the “do gooders” but I feel a little more prepared now that I read your blog. I coming down to Mizak. Lorelei Verleeis sending me to work with the artisans. l am very creative, and have a great sense of humor.

    I had some groovy people tie die some shirts but I am having second thoughts.

  2. I’m so glad I came across your blog; what a refreshing place to land and learn more about Haiti before my visit. I came across your blog when looking up information on dress attire. I’m traveling with a group of coworkers to Petit Goave for a week this coming Friday 09/25.

    P.S. How cool that you’re originally from Iowa as well – I’m in the Iowa City area.

  3. Ok I love the matching tshirts comments experienc that before in Indi, but how do I know you are legit on the rest?

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