Shortly after the Haitian earthquake struck on January 12, 2010, my phone rang. I left the cold of Chicago seven days later. As an ophthalmologist, a medical doctor who specializes in eye care, I worked to provide immediate treatment for those injured.
It is easy to give up on Haiti reading about where the country stands after two years since the 2010 earthquake. Women's rights is one example of huge problems and work ahead, and yet it also shows why no one should give up on Haiti.
President Martelly must recognize that the future prosperity of the Haitian people will not come from an association with the world's despots but with the hard work of fighting corruption, creating opportunities and educating his people.
Haiti's challenges are enormous and there are no easy answers. However, a two-pronged strategy --- registration and monitoring of NGOs and a governmental and donor focus on "core governance" -- may be a good start.
Cheryl Mills has the unenviable task of coordinating America's aid efforts in Haiti. That's why I've selflessly volunteered to help her out by listing the five things she forgot to mention about Haiti's recovery.
On the two year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, I feel it is important to reflect on the very significan...
The world has focused on rebuilding Haiti after this tragedy, but it's important not to lose sight of Haiti's rich traditions. One of them is soccer.
Expectations regarding reconstruction often disregard the normal pattern of rebuilding after disaster and basic construction timelines. So here it is, ten reasons why we should double down and renew our commitment to Haiti in 2012.
Haiti is not just "rebuilding" with cement and muscle. Haiti is "reimagining" a nation, with a bold vision and collective dream.
It would be easy to spend today reliving the tragedy of January 12, 2010, but if there is one thing I learned during my trips to Haiti over the past year, the best way to mark today's milestone would be to celebrate the progress that has been made.
Two years ago, President Obama promised the people of Haiti: "You will not be forsaken. You will not be forgotten." From what I've seen, working with those already in Haiti who have a record of getting things done is the only way the United States can fulfill that promise.
To place blame solely on the earthquake is to miss the political and historical underpinnings of poverty in Haiti.
More than simply recalling the day, it is important that we quite literally re-member -- that we reconnect and attach ourselves again to that part of the body of humanity that was severed.
We are all diminished by the reality of the situation in Haiti. Reconstruction has been painfully slow, funds promised by other nations have not yet been paid or paid in full, and many, many people still live in tents.
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."