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.
Planned communities seem to be the panacea for Haiti's housing shortage, but developing a successful planned community is tricky.
As I packed my bags to make my way home to Haiti once again, I must have packed and repacked my cosmetic bags at least six times with my personal item...
In a country where cholera has gained a foothold, it's essential to provide for clean water within each construction project, and to also do so in crowded urban areas where traditional water sources are polluted.
When thinking about 9/11, I try to honor those who lost their lives by remembering the feeling of pride in this country that occurred automatically and almost simultaneously afterwards in every American.
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.