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To Fool the Rain


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Steven Werlin has been a faculty member at Shimer College, in Chicago, since 1996. That same year, he also began traveling to Haiti. He started working with Fonkoze in early 2005 and continued to help with various projects for its communications, grant writing and education teams until March 2009, when he became the manager of its branch in the southeastern town of Marigot. Since 2010, he has been working for Chemen Lavi Miyo (CLM), Fonkoze's program for the extreme poor. He started as a regional director and is now the communications and learning officer. Living in Haiti for more than ten years, Werlin divides his time between a room in a house in Kaglo, a village in the mountains above Port au Prince, and several other residences. Please visit stevenwerlin.com Paul Farmer is UN's Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti and Chair of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard. He is also Professor of Anthropology at Harvard Medical School, chief of Social Medicine and Inequalities at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, and founding director of Partners In Health. Among his numerous awards and honors is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's genius award.


"In To Fool the Rain, Werlin limns pragmatic partnerships to end needless suffering, and gives encouragement and practical inspiration to all those who would seek to do the same." - From the foreword by Dr. Paul Farmer "I want to congratulate the staff and the thousands of CLM participants on their successes - and Steven Werlin for capturing not only the dignity of these women, but also the essence of how this program transforms lives." - Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson, BRAC "Werlin reminds us that the work of human development is ultimately about humans, and that we in government or the international aid community, in order to be more effective, must know and communicate with the people we aim to serve." - Gerald Oriol, Jr., Haiti's Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities "To Fool The Rain should be required reading for anyone who has either dreamed or doubted that a poverty-free world is achievable, or wondered what it would actually take to realize that ideal." - Alex Counts, Founder, the Grameen Foundation "In To Fool the Rain, Steven is able to capture so eloquently and respectfully, the day-to-day lives and struggles of these brave women. It is a prayer lifted on their behalf." - Garcelle Beauvais, Actress, author, and talk show host

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