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.
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.