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  May 29, 2015

HHI is now in Haiti!

There are now 12 HHI Trainers ready to go forth and share new knowledge, skills and love with their communities in rural Haiti. These women, and men - teachers, health workers, and orphanage caregivers - spent the last 6 days sharing, studying, practicing and creating some new materials especially for the parents and babies of their communities.

HHI Trainers created a song (in Creole) to reinforce the lessons they had learned. It translates to:

"I am talking to you so you can learn how to talk.
I am showing you different things, so you can learn to think.
I am letting you move, so you can move by yourself.
I am treating you kindness, affection and with care.
Further away, you will see me the same and then you will learn to believe in yourself.
Trust me my baby, I am helping you to become strong in your body, in your brain and in your love. To become strong in your body, your brain and in your love."


The new trainers, our colleagues from the Alliance for Children Foundation, and the Matenwa School, all made for a week which was not only incredibly productive and successful - but fun! See all the pics here (including HHI's day at the beach!!!):


Now these trainers are ready to get to work in their communities of Kennescoff and La Gonave. Conservative estimates are that they will train approximately 1,100 - 1,500 moms, dads, orphanage staff and other caregivers - every year! Thus ensuring that thousands of babies experience: greater affection and nurturing; more talking, reading, and singing; more opportunities to learn and explore.

We are deeply thankful to the Alliance for Children Foundation for making this all possible!

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HHI Wowed at TEDx!

This was the biggest, boldest and most vulnerable talk of my life. And, reviews are pouring in -

"If you loved Brene Brown's vulnerability TED talk, you're going to love this."

"On the same level as Steve Jobs' Stanford Comencement." 

"Powerful, from the heart!"           "Moving and inspiring!"

"AMAZING - grab the tissues!"  

"This is one of the best TED talks I've ever listened to, for reals!"


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Love is one of the most powerful, yet underutilized tools we have to better children's lives and our world. If this leaves you all full of warm and fuzzy love – please share it generously with your family, friends and co-workers.

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News and Updates:

In June, HHI heads to Zimbabwe to work with our colleagues at World Education. Hands to Hearts will be supporting the launch of their new parenting program for HIV+ mothers and their infants. Stay tuned, more information is coming soon.
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