Thursday, January 14, 2010

Prayers for Haiti

Last week it would have been difficult to imagine how life in Haiti could possibly become more difficult. When the average citizen eats one meal every other day, 30% of the population lacks potable water, and less than half of the population can read or write, it would be a gross understatement to say that life in Haiti is a struggle. Now that Tuesday's earthquake has claimed untold thousands and destroyed much of what little infrastructure existed, it is difficult to imagine what new obstacles lie ahead for the people of this beautiful country.

I only spent one week in Haiti, but I was changed by the experience. My most vivid memories of Milot involve the children who I met and observed there, children so dedicated to their educations that even a lack of electricity did not stop them from studying. At night they gathered under streetlights to finish their reading, and they were up at dawn, in incredibly pristine school uniforms, practicing their English with any travelers willing to chat with them.

Given that these same children are the future of Haiti, I am hopeful that, with the world's help, the country will recover and emerge renewed.

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