Six months after the earthquake, the plan for a "New Future for Haiti" (a "Haitian-led" effort being funded under World Bank oversight, through a commission whose members include only seven Haitians) seems remote indeed.
The Haiti Kids Kino Project (HKKP) is a temporary social cinema for children in Haiti affected by the earthquake. The project screens films for children and provides workshops where possible to make their own films.
As the looming rainy season threatens Haiti's Bourdon Valley, a massive relocation effort is underway to move 2,500 residents to Tabarre Issa, a newly built settlement that has the roots to be a lasting community.
For a country with such poverty, lack of health care and lack of education, it is not a surprise that HIV/AIDS remains a significant problem in Haiti. Worse still, the disease carries a stigma and HIV infection is kept secret.
Our efforts now are crucial. They not only aid the physical relief of our brothers and sisters in Haiti but also their emotional relief. I pray that we hold this same sense of community in our minds and hearts everyday.
We are still operating with no electricity, oxygen, suction, or cardiac monitoring equipment. It is a week after the earthquake and while supplies have spilled into the country, we're not getting them.