Friday, July 09, 2010
It's been almost a month since I last posted a blog - yikes! But it's been a good month. I've Had vacation, I've lost some weight, I've enjoyed sunny weather and long, light nights. Then I went to Haiti.
I'm here for work, supporting the local office of the organization that I work for. The effects of the 12 January earthquake are beyond comprehension. The poverty is aggressive, relentless.
The existence here for me is very sheltered and I only get to "experience" street life through bus and car windows. But I hear the stories of my Haitian colleagues and it's heartbreaking.
One lost her husband who was crushed in a car. Another found her 84-year-old mother homeless and without her medication. This same lady lost her brother, after the family having talked to him through the debris for two days. They could not get hold of the equipment necessary to lift the concrete to save him. His 1-year-old baby is now without a father.
I know we've all heard hundreds of these stories through the media, but hearing it from the mouths of those affected is something you cannot distance yourself from.
Hurricane season is upon the Caribbean and I can't help but wonder how the thousands of people in the tented camps throughout the city will make it if a hurricane sweeps through Port-au-Prince. When we board up our windows and still risk our roof, how can they possibly secure their textile domes over their heads?
The media attention may have subsided, but the needs remain vast.
If you believe in prayer - pray
If you belive in charity - give