Thursday, January 6, 2011
Remembering Haiti one year later
January 12 marks the one year anniversary of the earthquake. Haiti still has no government, no housing for most quake homeless, no clean running water, no public pediatric hospital in Port au Prince, and plenty of other things. But Haiti still somehow seems to carry on with hope.
Partners in Health, the august organization founded bythe pediatrician, Paul Farmer, is sponsoring a commemorative event in Boston and online on January 14, 2011.
The world is moving on to trying to comprehend the devastation of the quake, the reasons for the slow recovery and the extraordinary spirit of the Haitian people in the face of chronic and acute disasters. Having been to Haiti twice this year to help in the disaster and recovery efforts, I can only exhort all those who care to continue to commit themselves to understanding and supporting Haiti in its prolonged time of need. Whether through your house of worship, your school, your government, UNICEF, or from your own heart, please remember.
You can get started at Partners in Health's special site: www.pih.org/jan14. Many different events are listed here as well as links to amazing organizations that are working to rebuild Haiti, including Fonkoze, a microfinance system sponsored by Partners in Health and described by Nicholas Kristof in the January piece entitled Ladders for the Poor in the New York Times.
Thanks from my all Haitian friends who read my blog.
If all my readers could send a word or two of encouragement by commenting on this post, I know they will be grateful for them.