My heart sits heavily within my chest as I sit here writing about the tumultuous happenings in Haiti. By now, I’m sure that each of you reading this knows about the earthquake, the deaths and destruction of this small country so I won’t bore you by rehashing all of the sorted details of the event.
Long before the earthquake, Haiti was an impoverished country, one of the world’s poorest and least developed. Half of the children in Haiti are unvaccinated and just 40% of the population has access to basic health care. Even before the 2010 earthquake, nearly half the causes of deaths have been attributed to HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, meningitis and diarrheal diseases, including cholera and typhoid, according to the World Health Organization. Approximately 5% of Haiti’s adult population is infected with HIV and cases of tuberculosis in Haiti are more than ten times as high as those in other Latin American countries. Some 30,000 people in Haiti suffer each year from malaria. Having a government of dictatorship certainly hasn’t helped their plight either.
You may assume that my heavy heart is due to Haiti and yes, you would be partially correct. It is truly heartwarming to see so many from around the globe come together to assist during this tragedy; however why must it take such a tragedy for us to love one another and work together?
I recall after 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina how people unselfishly helped each other, were friendly and went above and beyond what they normally do; however over time many slipped right back into their daily lives of judgment, hatred and selfishness. Here we are again, this time assisting Haiti during tragedy. I assume that after time has passed that the general population will just recall Haiti as a distant memory. Society will get back to their daily lives and forget about the impoverished of the world. Will you continue assisting those in need even after this event has become a memory?
My hope for the future is that the tragedy of Haiti has opened eyes around the globe as to their life of destitution and that we as a society can assist them in not only rebuilding their land, but in rebuilding a stronger society…if they so wish.
In a perfect world we would all work together each day to make the world a better place. There would be global acceptance of each of us; no matter our skin color, language, politics or faith. I’m keeping hope for a perfect world and will continue to make donations and volunteer time to help others and not just wait for another tragic event to happen…how about you?
If you would like to assist the relief effort in Haiti please follow the link below to find an organization which you would like to help: