Residents in the village of Desab, Haiti began working co-operatively with Haiti Plunge, a North Adams based volunteer organization, nearly 30 years ago.

Now, its first generation of educated students is transitioning into leadership roles. Witness what life is like in the mountains of the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, see how the community has re-built following the Jan. 2010 earthquake, and explore what this transition means for residents there for whom day-to-day existence is a constant struggle. Carrie Saldo has the first of a two part report from Haiti.

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