It's hard to believe it's been two years. When the earthquake struck Haiti, it had a ripple effect that changed countless lives, including mine. I've discovered a new purpose, to be an ambassador -- a cheerleader -- for this country.
Hope, as theologian N.T. Wright says, "is a mode of knowing, a mode within which new things are possible, options are not shut down, new creation can happen."
Anyone who has lived or worked in Haiti for any length of time is bound to be asked if Haiti is hopeless. That will certainly be the case this week, when Haitians commemorate the second anniversary of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake.
This notion that God caused this earthquake as a good thing for the people of Haiti is troubling theology. Where is that "good thing" in the midst of the suffering?
As Haiti returns to the mainstream media this week to mark the second anniversary of the quake, let's remember the spirits.
Insider Images photographer Stuart Ramson was dispatched to Haiti to document some of the initiatives being carried out as part of the rebuilding process, which most notably features the creation of 300,000 temporary jobs by the UNDP to deal with debris removal and garbage collection.
Before and since the earthquake in 2010, Haiti has faced great challenges -- ones they are working to confront and to lead the international community in helping them solve.
As an NGO representative said, "This is the single biggest disaster that came, and it came after the earthquake: the way aid was distributed destroyed the family."
As 2012 begins, a growing movement of displaced people and their allies in Haiti is actively claiming the right to housing.
In many senses the lack of progress following Haiti's earthquake centers on housing.
In December 2009, a group of local and international artists presented at the first-ever biennial in the Haitian capital of Port-Au-Prince, mixing art...
This year, as we approach the two-year anniversary of the crippling earthquake, my wish list is all about giving children affected by the disaster in Haiti the most valuable gift they will ever receive, the gift of education.
Five schools were selected and are under construction. This sounds easy but there were challenges at every phase, idea, and decision we tried to implement.
Nepal, with its protected legal status for third-gender citizens, and currently in a disaster preparedness phase awaiting an earthquake, provides a compelling case study for how gender-appropriate ID can protect citizens in emergency situations.
In addition to being most strategic in their work one can feel a core ethic of JP/HRO -- respect for the Haitian people. That sense of humaneness permeates the camp. What also stands out is their integrated approach.