Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Haiti, One Year Later

I know this blog, to date, is mostly fluff... But I wanted to take a moment and discuss one of the other aspects of my life.

Today marks the one year anniversary of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.  As you may recall, this earthquake caused the death of over 200,000 individuals and created a population of amputees without the medical infrastructure to support them.  While ever growing, the current estimates are that it will cost Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, upwards of 14 billion usd to rebuild.  And what are they rebuilding to?  Haitians are a proud people.  They are strong, stoic and desperately want to rebuild their country and restore their rich heritage.  I will not go into details here about the management of this disaster.  I will simply remind you that this is a country that is still suffering, a people still striving towards whole.

Image from IFRC's Flickr Photostream

The American Red Cross has done exceptionally good work in Haiti, and they are still there today, assisting Haitians to piece their lives back together. You can find more information on their efforts, as well as information on donating to this cause here.  I would also urge you to look through their videos and images and remember that for Haiti, this disaster is far from over.

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