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Haiti: One Year Later

As many of you know, a year ago today, January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake rocked the capitol of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. The island nation was totally unprepared for such calamity, and so poor, that the resources simply did not—and do not—exist for them to adequately cope with the aftermath. The situation there today is still grim. Not much has changed for the better. For the worse? Yes. Cholera, a disease that is pretty treatable, is widespread. For all the world, it seems like every nation has more or less turned their collective backs on the continuing problems there. A true 21st Century tragedy.

This blog began as a direct result of a trip I made to Haiti in May, 2010. I traveled, as you can read in the initial posts here, to Croix-de-Bouquet, Haiti, with the good people at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA, to try and make a small difference in the lives of students there, and elsewhere. It taught me a lot. Especially about the meaning of the word “profound.” It WAS a profoundly moving experience. My friend Jason thought it would be a good idea to write about the experiences there, and set The Blender up.

Today, I wanted to remind people that things are still very bad there, and they need our help. There are many ways to do that. Traveling there with a group and/or organization doing work there is one way. It will change your life, I promise. Another is to consider donating to Partners In Health, who do very good work there, and elsewhere. They are a stellar organization. Another is Green Microfinance, in Phoenixville, PA. They help with needed, sustainable solutions for the Haitian people.

And pray. Please.