I'm writing this on behalf of my sister, Pippin, who is a co-founder of the nonprofit New Orleans
Community Printshop. Recently, members of this printshop have been going to Jacmel, Haiti
where they are working as volunteer teachers at Jakmel Ekspresyon. J.E. is another community-run nonprofit which provides space, education, and facilities for local artists. Their screenprinting program is focused on teaching young artist how to earn an income
with small-scale commercial
screenprinting (T-shirts, etc).
But there's a problem. In Haiti
you can't buy basic silkscreening supplies so the volunteers from the U.S. have to bring them along when they travel. Lately TSA has been confiscating emulsion and emulsion remover from people's luggage, even checked bags. These are essential supplies, you can't do silkscreen prints without them. They also can't be safely shipped because Haiti's mail system is virtually non-functional, it can take months and theft is rampant.
This is where (hopefully) sailors come in! We all know the 'cruising delivery' where visiting guests are told that they're restricted to ten pounds of luggage because they're expected to bring 45lbs of engine parts
for the boat. Well how about the opposite? Is there a cruiser out there who will be headed to Haiti in the foreseeable future and would be willing to bring a small package for the community center? Emulsion and remover aren't allowed on airplanes but they aren't particularly volatile, no more so than a can of WD-40 and certainly much less so than the jerrycans of gasoline we all carry. If there are concerns about transporting items for someone else we could purchase
the emulsion online and have it shipped directly to you so that you know exactly what you're getting.
If anyone thinks they could help, please let me know!