Haiti’s Storm Crisis Outlives Headlines

CRS country representative for Haiti, William Canny, talks about Haiti in this Caritas article about the ongoing troubles the impoverished nation faces following late summer storms that blasted Haiti first with floodwater, then with tons of mud.

“People still aren’t in safe housing…Buildings are still covered in mud. And what’s more, some of the issues that led to the mudslides haven’t been dealt with,” Canny says in the article.

A central point of the Caritas story is that dire need usually outlives headlines and television news images. That’s certainly the case in Haiti, considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Its struggles go well beyond the mindboggling clean-up requirements following the recent storms.

Haiti is one of more than 100 countries whose people you help when you partner with CRS in reaching the world’s poorest. The global financial crisis has, of course, hurt everyone. It has made helping more difficult even as it increases the desperation of needy people. If you are at all inclined and able to help, know that what may seem an insignificant amount to you is nothing less than lifesaving. Even a little bit can make a big difference.

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2 Responses to “Haiti’s Storm Crisis Outlives Headlines”

  1. anonymous Says:

    Is there a program to educate the Haitians about ecology and the need to plant trees in the appropriate places there? They would need to collectively agree that the trees cannot be cut down to be used for their personal uses. Would the trees have to be guarded, or protected?

  2. Brian Says:

    The unfortunate part of this story is that the 2009 hurricane season can repeat the devastation of 2008.Deforestation has to be addressed if there is going to be any long term prosperity in Haiti. Safe community centers I am sure are needed to provide protection during these hurricanes. Does CRS have involvement with programs that are working on the reforestation of Haiti, or the building of safe community centers there? Also, what is the Haitian government doing to improve this situation? The best part of donating through CRS is the confidence that the money is being spent wisely, that it is helping the people it was intended to. Your blog is an excellent resource for conveying your work, the problems, and the successes in these troubled areas.

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