We on the East Coast were fortunate today. For whatever reason, we were spared. But should it be back to business as usual?
In late July, I went to Haiti with Martha Stewart and Terry Lundgren to meet with artisans. Our goal was to meet talented Haitian artists, seek out the products they craft and incorporate them into Macy's stores nationwide.
I come from an island in the Caribbean called Haiti. It suffered a devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010. It changed my life forever. It opened my eyes to what I left behind. It made me aware of the opportunities, that this country, America, has afforded me.
Recovery in Haiti will continue for decades, properly implementing education on safe structures are just the first steps down the long path.
The rebuilding process needs to be a two-way street. If Sean Penn really wants to make a difference in Haiti, he can use his celebrity to influence his contemporaries to properly support the Haitian people in their own recovery.
Late this afternoon, Emily was downgraded as it made its way north, away from the country. This time around, the hundreds of thousands of IDPs were lucky. But what about the next hurricane?
I returned to Haiti and was astonished by the progress that I saw. There remains a monumental amount of work to do but it is important to understand that the contrast between now and three months after the earthquake is night and day.
Haiti has historically been one of the Caribbean's most economically successful destinations, and the hospitality industry is set on ensuring it remains that way.
There are so many things to say about Monley, a 6-year-old Haitian orphan, and his extended family. I saw their life up close and wanted to share some of what I learned so that you might understand the complicated life they lead.
What do kids do all day in a "tent camp"? Well, when school is out, since there is no camp or summer program in the community, they do a lot of nothing.
My recollection of Monley, a 6-year-old Haitian boy, is that he was trapped under rubble and curled up inside a metal stand for nine days after the Haiti earthquake.
In Haiti, more than 650,000 earthquake victims are still waiting for permanent housing after a year and a half in emergency camps, where they are now vulnerable to criminal violence and the summer storm season.
The government is using force to try to force thousands to leave camps without providing any place for people to go. The people are fighting back.
Dual citizenship will not solve these problems when Haiti needs the basic human rights of clean water, sustainable jobs and infrastructure.
Time declared 2010 the Year of the Natural Disaster, and with the mass destruction resulting from the 5.5-magnitude earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Hait...
Our lazy and self-comforting reductionism says nothing about Haiti or Pakistan, and all too much about us Americans. The earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan were natural disasters, but didn't happen in a geopolitical vacuum.