THIS IS HAITI
I don't remember taking a breath the entire ride to the Hopital Adventiste d'Haiti in Carrefour. If it wasn't for the jolts of car-sized potholes, and frequent car horns pushing pedestrians aside, I don't think my body would have initiated the involuntary activity we often take for granted. We take it for granted until we've seen, felt, and breathed Haiti...
shake the money tree
A Haitian friend once told me that when a Haitian sees a white person from the "Western world" they see money. "White people grow money on trees, and when they need more they simply shake the tree and money falls down." In many ways, my friend was not wrong, but that does not make this stereotype of white westerners a healthy one, and we are as guilty as any of feeding it. How do we navigate this stereotype as travelers, and better represent ourselves and our culture to others?
HOW CAN YOU HELP HAITI?
It has been years since multiple large earthquakes shook Haiti to its core, yet if you visited today you will still find people, and children, with an overwhelming need for help. Billions of dollars have flowed in for aid, and by most large scale measures relief has been a failure. Children continue to suffer, not receiving the basic nutrition and education we take for granted. What can be done, and how can you help?