Kim Lamberty, director of the Quixote Center, gives a short history of Haiti and a compelling critique of the aid agencies working in Haiti. Kim has some challenging ideas about how to actually help the people of Haiti. Well worth watching and considering.
Dr. Kim Lamberty has been developing and managing faith-based justice, peace, cross-cultural, and community service programs for over 25 years. She served as director of social justice ministry at St. John the Baptist parish in Silver Spring, from 1996 to 2003. From 2004 to 2008, she accompanied vulnerable communities and human rights workers in Palestine, Colombia, and the U.S.-Mexico border through her work with Christian Peacemaker Teams. She managed Haiti programming and directed work with U.S. universities for Catholic Relief Services from 2010 to 2019. At CRS, Kim worked to wean U.S. churches away from a charity model of international development and toward a focus on economic justice and peacebuilding.
Kim just left her position as director of justice, peace and integrity of creation at the Society of the Sacred Heart United States and Canada Province to accept the role of executive director at the Quixote Center. She is also founder and president of Just Haiti, a fair-trade coffee company that focuses on economic justice for vulnerable small-scale farmers, and co-owner (with her brother) of Conscious Coffees, another fair-trade coffee company. Kim specializes in addressing root causes of poverty, violence, and environmental degradation, especially relating to economic justice and consumption in the United States, and she has published numerous articles on the topic, especially as it relates to Haiti.