In Memoriam-Yon ane apre (one year later)

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. I have never traveled there but the plight of the Haitian people is always on my mind. Although I’ve visited Nicaragua, a country that bears the distinction of being the “second poorest” nation in the Western Hemisphere, I can still remember someone telling me that even with how poor Nicaragua is, the depths of poverty in Haiti-the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere-are that much deeper.

The organization with whom I volunteered in Mexico also operates a home in Haiti although there it is known as Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs (Our Little Brothers and Sisters in French). When the earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, NPFS was greatly affected just like everywhere else in the country. One of their facilities in a Port au Prince suburb was completely destroyed, and many people within the NPFS community died including a volunteer whose life was tragically cut too short, Molly Hightower.

Even though an entire year has passed and it may no longer be considered front page news by some, Haiti is still very much a country in dire need of help. So take a moment tomorrow to remember the victims of the earthquake and to also keep in your hearts and minds the Haitian people who struggle every day for some semblance of normalcy.

Pa janm bliye (never forget).

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