My Haiti recap

As you know (or maybe didn’t know, but will pretend like you do now), yesterday was the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. The earthquake that left more than one million people homeless in the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Working in the international non-profit/non-government sector, I’ve

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been “preparing” for the one year anniversary for months. Preparing content and resource, facts and stories… and preparing for the expectation that “conversation” around the anniversary will be overwhelmingly negative, pessimistic and all around critical of relief efforts in Haiti to date. And while the chatter was, as expected, cynical, I believe our American neighbors can teach us much about what they really think, what they really know (or don’t know), and everything in between about the Haiti earthquake response.

*The following quotes were gathered from public forums including Facebook pages, Twitter and websites.

  • I literally appreciate everything, every day… I have so much that don’t need. Most Haitians are happy just because they know God. They are a fine example.
  • We’re all family, whether we help here there anywhere. It still the same work!!

  • Haiti inspires me to be grateful that I have food, shelter, medical care, education. Haiti also makes me sad for so many there that do not have these things.
  • Let us continue to Help, by donating any amount to rebuild lives, & communities. Thank you God, for your help.
  • It’s easy to say more could have/should have been done. You have to understand the situation on the ground. In our country with a catastrophe like Katrina we could put aid on trucks and planes and bring it in. What do… you do in a county with very few roads, many of which were destroyed and even fewer airports? How do you rebuild an entire city of millions of people over from scratch? Actually, from scratch would be easier, but first you have to clear billions of tons of rubble. Top that off with the fact that the country hasn’t had a fully functioning government in over a year. It’s easy to point fingers, but we need to give credit where credit is due. Organizations like World Vision, Compassion and Samaritan’s Purse were in the country long before this disaster and they have significantly increased the efforts since. This country was a disaster before the earthquake, the poorest on our side of the world. The problems weren’t solved before the earthquake and they are surely exacerbated now. We need to pray, encourage, donate and volunteer (when it’s possible). It will take the worldwide Christian community to rebuild this country to God’s glory. That won’t be done this year, or next or even next decade, but we are making slow, steady strides. There’s so much more that could be said, but I’ll get off my soapbox now. Don’t stop praying for Haiti!
  • Eventhough there are still more things to rebuild Haiti, Haiti is a strong country. Through earthquake, cholera, or bad circumstances, Haiti has a strength that noone knows how this country remains strong.
  • Oregano….. plant oregano, eat it and make a tea of it… simple and it works! Keep it on hand at all times.
  • It has got me thinking about things like; isnt most of Haiti owned by France? and I would like 2 hear more about how we r all working 2gether 2 make things better. France, America and all the rest. and I dont want more effng AIDS in Americ…a and how Black people are white people now 2. How JESUS is the true ruler of all of us but we have gotten alittle carried away some things in the Bible from the past… WE R ALL GODS CHILDREN !!!!!!!!!!!!! ONE of the oldest forms of CHRIST-ianity is FOUND in ETHIOPIAN ORTHDOX church. Geee hmmm is that Black or White ????? I AM ONE OF HIS SHIELDS
  • These people amaze me! We, as Americans, question God for a lot less than they do!
  • Sorry but I’m more concerned with the resilience of the people of New Orleans who STILL need our help with the aftermath of Katrina. Why not help out own before we go elsewhere??????
  • you live you must fight, fight until you cut sulfur obstacles can maker you stagger, but if you have the desire you will get a stop, stop now it’s time to fight for what you believe.
  • You will always have a hard time “helping” anyone who looks for all shortcuts in all life. Maybe when we start demanding from others instead of wimping around and just passing out welfare like we do here……………


What have these quotes taught you about the Haiti earthquake response? What have these quotes taught you about the American perception of Haiti? Do you agree or disagree?

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  • Thanks for the thoughts on Haiti! I can’t help but get upset when I see random commenters posting across the internet all kinds of cynical, negative thoughts on Haiti, the people, and the rebuilding efforts. It really gets me when people start generalizing about an entire people group. I have been amazed by a lot of the stories of I have heard of individuals there – their gratefulness, their resilience, and their willingness to help each other out. I spent a week in Haiti this past summer building 2 houses for families who had lost everything & we were the ones that came back changed & so grateful to have met the people that we did. There are so many amazing people there who are doing all they can to help each other. I wrote a small post yesterday in remembering some of those we met there: http://kabarnes.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/remembering-the-people-we-met-in-haiti/

    Thanks for all you do to spread the word about hope!