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Mon, 08/16/2010 - 19:54 — Chris
In the past, journalists in Haiti have faced censorship for reporting information that might reflect negatively on a political figure or party. Although journalism schools teach about the right to free speech, many untrained journalists often are uncertain about their rights as journalists under the Haitian Constitution. Formerly known as the Association of Journalists for a New Media Concept or Association de Journalistes pour une Nouvelle Conception Médiatique, the Union of Haitian Journalists or Union des Journalistes Haïtiens (UJH) requested training to increase the knowledge of journalists and journalism professors and students.
With the support of Tupperware, FAVACA hosted a Haitian Hometown Association workshop at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando on Saturday, July 17th, 2010. Approximately 40 members of Haitian Hometown Associations and other organizations that strive to help towns across Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti six months ago gathered at UCF's Harris Engineering Center for a day-long workshop to network and build fundraising and financial accounting skills. In the past year, FAVACA hosted several Haitian hometown association workshops in Boca Raton, Davie and North Miami Beach. Based on a request from Nancy Charles of Orange County Public Schools, and a member of Haiti Help Med Plus and the Orlando Haitian community, FAVACA began the organization of a workshop. FAVACA veteran volunteer Jim Mueller guided the fundraising and organizational development workshop and Tania Delinois, a FAVACA volunteer who provided post-trauma counseling in Haiti post-floods and post-earthquake, provided a session on proposal writing.
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