In October 2009, Raj Shah walked across the reception area into my office and closed the door. He told me that President Obama and Secretary Clinton wanted to nominate him to lead the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The decision wasn't so easy.
With this milestone around the corner, it's important to look back and celebrate the tremendous progress made in recent years, while keeping focus on remaining needs of the country and working to accelerate momentum around these efforts.
The first thing that struck me about Haiti was the chaos. While much of the rubble has been cleared from the streets and the earthquake is four and a half years behind them, millions of Haitians are still living in grinding poverty.
With strong arms typically used to score touchdowns, Nelson picked up the young boy and just held him. With the young boy in his arms, a fire began burning in Nelson's heart that sparked an idea in his mind.
"I was born a slave, but nature gave me the soul of a free man." - François-Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture As one who believes passionately i...
Haitians continue to face tremendous challenges. It's not too late to make a difference.
The recent Wall Street Journal piece gets many key facts about the approval of recovery projects wrong and ignores the work that has helped improve the lives of thousands of people across Haiti.
Children, women and a scattering of men, who have endured unspeakable violence and anguish, loss and horror, agony -- biblical in force and nature -- and have responded with unbounded love. Redemption. Resurrection. Faith. I leave Haiti with these gifts in abundance.
Fatal Assistance ably demonstrates the folly and damage caused by swarms of NGO's and Hollywood do-gooders that completely ignored the root causes of Haiti's problems pre and post earthquake.
This book details Seitenfus's dependence upon his own moral compass as he was forced to take a stand against powerful international players, including the United States, as the potential coup was put in motion.
A goddess on earth has vitality and is beautiful, not because her cheekbones are high, her waist is thin, her breasts are large or her wardrobe is current, but because she recognizes her inner divinity -- imperfections and all.
With each passing year the incredible stories of heroism give way to ones of failure. As we've seen, stories about suffering sadly tend to get more eyeballs than those of progress and lessons learned.
Never have I observed that more than on that trip to Haiti, as people greeted me and welcomed me inside their homes to be interviewed about their experiences, and as I helped a woman, baby on her back, hang her laundry on the line.
Many of the country's problems emanate from foreign interference, paternalism and arrogance regarding the needs of the Haitian people. And the reaction of the international community in the wake of the earthquake, no matter how well-intentioned, is no exception to this historical rule. Yet foreign aid and the involvement of NGOs will be critical to Haiti's future.
The work in Haiti remains unfinished in the main -- and that is because Haiti, pre-quake, could not withstand the pressure from such a catastrophic event, making rebuilding and recovery all the more harder.
Amid the reconstruction, what you might not think about as you walk among thriving community gardens and visit new marketplaces is the very thing you're walking on: land.