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Help Haiti Fight COVID-19

20150216_171327 “We Are All Haiti”

Yon Sel Lanmou 501(c)3 is asking for tax-deductible donations to help Haiti face the COVID-19 pandemic. You can use the “donate” button below that will take you to PayPal. Checks can be mailed to Yon Sel Lanmou, PO Box 487, Sedalia, CO 80135, but would not be cashed for several months as we are all in Haiti. We realize that many people are facing hardship and uncertainty, and must take care of yourselves and loved-ones. However, if you have some extra to share, please donate here, where you know that 100% of your contribution will go directly to the fight against COVID-19. ZERO percent will go to administrative and other overhead costs. When the president of Yon Sel Lanmou Greg Cronin arrived in Haiti, there were only two confirmed cases in the country. That number has grown slowly to 6 as this is typed. Greg remains in self-quarantine, being without symptoms 7 days after flying. His team is ready to tackle the following tasks as soon as his quarantine period is completed, and keep the number of people infected with the coronavirus low in Haiti.

1. Public Service Announcement: Teaching large groups of people about COVID-19 while maintaining social distancing is possible via a PSA. Yon Sel Lanmou will team with Haitian artists to create a music video PSA about avoiding COVID-19 in Haitian Kreyol. The world experienced the harm that misinformation or lack of information can cause in the midst of a pandemic. Our PSA will emphasize the importance of simple behavioral changes that can prevent COVID-19 such as hand washing, self-quarantine, social isolation, covering coughs, and sterilizing surfaces. The PSA will inform Haitians of symptoms to look for, how to safely assist neighbors, contact information for medical assistance, and link them to information sites. Almost a decade ago, Haiti experienced a cholera epidemic, which was also a novel disease in the country at the time. We created a music video PSA back then that saved lives that you can view here ( The artists who made “Go Away Cholera” have already committed to tell COVID-19 to go away.

2. Hand-washing Stations: The vast majority of households do not have access to running water, which creates a challenge for frequent hand washing. Yon Sel Lanmou has already purchased a 50 gallon drum and 30 bars of soap to build a hand-washing station at our location in Vilaj Mozayik. The hand washing stations will have fact-sheets that provide information about avoiding and dealing with COVID-19. We want to offer similar hand-washing stations to neighboring community centers, churches, and schools with supplies that your contributions will purchase.

3. Masks and hand-sanitizer: While we are hoping for the best, we want to prepare for the worst. For people who catch COVID-19, we want to provide them with masks and sanitizer to prevent the spread of the virus. If medical masks and sanitizer are unavailable, Yon Sel Lanmou will manufacture them according to best practices described by the WHO.

Yon Sel Lanmou is a small, dedicated organization that has a small budget that we are very frugal with. We get a big bang for the buck compared to large non-profits. We feel the three activities listed above will greatly help Haiti deal with the coronavirus that arrived March 18, 2020. If you have ideas or suggestions about how we can effectively fight the coronavirus, please share them at We thank you for your support, positivity, compassion, and contributions. Please share this campaign with those who are interested in making the world a better place for all.
Yon Sel Lanmou (“One Love” in Haitian Kreyol) and Seneko Kakona (“Many Blessings” in Taino)

Click here to view our website translated into Kreyol.

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YSL classroom at Mozayik is open

The Yon Sel Lanmou classroom is finished, and is being used to show documentary films, teach classes, hold community functions, and as sleeping spaces for large visiting groups. In the event of a hurricane, the solid building will serve as a storm shelter. The classroom has a large white screen, blackboard, tables and chairs, and posters that remind us that Haitians are proud descendants of the Taino and victors of the Haitian Revolution. We thank the Zale family for the funds to build the studio/school.

Video of Mozayik Director Candice Welsh holding a popular English class.

  • The YSL classroom at Vilaj Mozayik. Video screen on left.
  • Proud Taino and Haitian Revolution history
  • ready for students
  • community fun
  • sleeping space
  • Angelyne, Greg, and Tipale. Angelyne is the manager of the classroom, and also teaches.

Taino Full Moon Ceremony

Yon Sel Lanmou hosted the Caney Indigenous Spiritual Circle for the July 2019 Full Moon Ceremony at Vilaj Mozayik. The Taino Resurgence Movement is now active in Haiti. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about Taino Culture and Haiti.

Decolonization Session

Crew after a hard day of work.
Crew after a hard day of work.

Decolonization: Healing the Spirit, Mind, and Land

A Special Session of the International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment

June 11-14, 2019
Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel
San Juan, Puerto Rico (Boriken)

Abstract submission is due May 1, 2019:
Please note that your abstract is intended for the Decolonization Session

The Interdisciplinary Environmental Association, Caney Indigenous Spiritual Circle, and Yon Sel Lanmou (means “One Love” in Haitian Kreyol) are partnering to bring a special session about decolonization. European colonization of the Western Hemisphere began in the Caribbean in 1492, in the region where IICE is being held. Decolonization is an effort to acknowledge harms perpetrated on Indigenous People and Land by five centuries of exploitative settler colonization, to build solidarity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and begin to heal the Spirit, Mind, and Land through a respectful promotion of Indigenous spirituality, knowledge, and agroecological practices.
We invite any paper, presentation, prayer, or performance related to using the transdisciplinary approach in ways that promote Indigenous culture, restore ecosystem functions, promote indigenous agroecological practices and food sovereignty, and indigenize environmental education. Talks in any language are welcomed, though the majority of attendees speak English. We will try to provide translation if appropriate.
While we feel that decolonization is critically import for healing people and the land, we also acknowledge that the process can be difficult and painful. Colonization caused great harm to the colonized and the colonizer: a first step of decolonization is acknowledging, sharing, and discussing these harms for reconciliation to occur. This special session will bravely, respectfully, and purposefully address decolonization by Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants of IICE. We hope to build lasting relationships so that we can move forward, in solidarity, to heal the spirit, mind, and land for generations to come.
Yon Sel Lanmou works to create a thriving, sustainable society in Haiti, in solidarity with Haitians. Haiti is country with a rich culture and history, who has been greatly oppressed by genocide and slavery, resulting in severely degraded ecological and agricultural systems. An outcome of the decolonization session will be to bring Indigenous Caribbeans, Haitians, scholars, and stakeholders together to discuss positive paths forward. We want to build long-lasting relationships that will work towards decolonization.

Racism is the major scourge of the environment in Haiti

President/Founder Greg Cronin presented the paper “Racism is the Major Scourge of the Environment in Haiti” at the International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment in Montreal. During his presentation, he argues that past racism led to the state of Haiti’s ecosystems and economy. Ongoing racism hinders his scholarly and education efforts in Haiti and Haiti’s unfair treatment internationally.
The abstract follows:
Racism is the Major Scourge of the Environment in Haiti

Greg Cronin

President/Founder, Yon Sel Lanmou 501(c)3, NGO operating in Haiti

Applied Ecologist, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Colorado Denver

Racism occurs when one group of people is oppressed at the benefit of another group with power, based on race, skin color, or ethnicity. Racism ranges from individual actions to institutional structures.

Haiti is the world’s first black republic and has the most impoverished economy and ecosystems. These facts are related by racism. Racist colonizers eliminated the indigenous Taino (i.e., nearly total genocide). Needing labor to work the land, the racist colonizers imported kidnapped Africans under brutal, inhuman conditions. Revolutionaries such as Mackandal, Louverture, and Dessalines led a slave revolt, culminating in the Haitian Revolution. Haiti declared independence on January 1, 1804.

Racism continued to harm Haiti after her independence, resulting in international debt, invasion and occupation, exploitation, political meddling, poor infrastructure, poor public health, poverty, and environmental degradation. These hardships also resulted in tough, resilient people who are proud of their country’s African roots, historical importance, cultural richness, and natural beauty.

Racism at CU Denver is the major scourge of my scholarly pursuits in Haiti. The day after the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake, CU Denver banned faculty, staff, and students from traveling to Haiti to assist victims. After I started restoring ecosystems in Haiti, my department stopped rewarding accomplishments in Applied Ecology. My research was ‘below expectations’ for the first time in my career. I first failed to meet teaching expectations the year I co-taught a course with a Haitian presidential candidate and advised the first Haitian to earn an MS in Marine Conservation. My supervisor refuses to discuss racism, even after being informed that silence about racism is racist.

Racism must end for Haiti to reach her full potential.

Colorado Music Association Recognizes YSL President

Major talent in the Yon Sel Lanmou studio.
Major talent in the Yon Sel Lanmou studio.

Colorado musicians have supported the efforts of Yon Sel Lanmou from the beginning. Now the Colorado Music Association is recognizing YSL President Greg Cronin with a “Pay the Band” Award. We look forward to growing the relationship between musicians in Colorado, Haiti, and beyond.

NEWS: Sedalia Musician Greg Cronin Sends News Re: Building a Recording Studio in Haiti

2017 Jean Wiener Environmental Scholarship

Josué Céliscar wins Jean Wiener Environmental Scholarship

Mr. Josué Céliscar won the second Jean Wiener Environmental Scholarship in July 2016. Mr. Céliscar is majoring in Resource Management, and wants to study how tropical dry forests can be sustainably managed in ways that provides income while improving the condition of the forest. We believe that natural resources should must benefit people today and far into the future. Congratulations to Josué and best wishes for a prosperous career as a resource manager.

Alexandra Pierre is finishing her MS!





Here are some photographs of Ms. Pierre conducting field work for her Master’s degree. Yon Sel Lanmou couldn’t be more proud Ms. Pierre, who is using our 1st “Jean Wiener Environmental Scholarship” to become the 1st Haitian in history to earn an MS in Marine Conservation from a Haitian University.
Applications for the 2nd “Jean Wiener Environmental Scholarship” are currently being accepted. This scholarship is sponsored by the Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine (FoProBiM) and Yon Sel Lanmou. Application instructions can be found HERE.