Since embarking on this Walk to Haiti, I’ve following the Haitian news. I want to know the country better. I’m hoping for bright spots…I’m hoping for hope.
Haiti reminds me of Biblical Nazareth…”Can anything good come from there?” (loose paraphrase of Nathaniel in John 1:46)
In The Economist’s June 8th article, the article quotes a World Bank report:
In a report published in 2015, the World Bank asked, “What makes Haiti Haiti?” Its first answer was succinct: “a social contract is missing between the state and its citizens.”
There’s no argument that Haiti’s government has failed its people over and over again: Corruption, lack of infrastructure, mismanagement, poor education, poor healthcare, poor public safety….
But that phrase, What makes Haiti Haiti….
Are a people defined by the failings of their government? By their lacks? Should they be?
I don’t want to be lazy about Haiti any longer. I don’t want to know them by their tragedies and their needs. I want to know the Haitian people as they truly are, created in God’s image and a reflection of God’s glory.
Here is someone who makes Haiti Haiti.. Dr. Laudi. International Child Care had this to say about her on their Facebook page:
Dr. Laudie…coordinates International Child Care in Northern Haiti which includes checking in and monitoring more than 40 tuberculosis clinics, providing them with training, and giving them resources to succeed. She’s been incredibly dedicated to ICC for many years, and her passion is evident with even a quick conversation with her. Thanks for all you do, Dr. Laudie!
1,538 miles north of Dr. Laudie, I’m taking a walk trying to raise funds and awareness so her work can continue. Will you help me? Will you give for the work of Grace Children’s Hospital and Dr. Laudie?
I hope you will.