Even before the earthquake, 85% of Haitians did not have electricity. Now the situation is even worse. For $10, you can empower a group of 10 people in Haiti for 10 years by providing a solar-powered light.
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.
Outside a morgue in Haiti, piles of bodies were covered with flies. There was no water to make plaster casts for broken limbs; and water used to mop the floor was black. "It smelled bad; it smelt of death," my colleague said.
Landing in Port au Prince we were met by security and military officials. One told me: "I've been to Rwanda, Kosovo, Indonesia, you name it. But this is different. Nothing prepares you for something like this."
I saw something else in Haiti that the critics of the relief effort often overlook: Hope. For the most politically unstable and impoverished country in the Western hemisphere, that is saying something.