Architecture for Humanity's mission is to create beautiful and well-designed projects in resource-challenged areas. Given Haiti's high illiteracy rate (50%) and staggering unemployment (80%), these schools will enhance the future of Haiti for many years.
I just returned from Haiti, where I was working with women to develop a women's policy platform. In Creole, "nap vanse" means we advance, and it is critical that Haitians move forward together to build a stronger country and a stronger economy.
We came to celebrate the thousands of Haitian women who are working tirelessly to bring economic and social justice to all people in Haiti. So to them we say: we are humbled and moved to have been with you and to tell the world about your grace.
I returned to Haiti and was astonished by the progress that I saw. There remains a monumental amount of work to do but it is important to understand that the contrast between now and three months after the earthquake is night and day.
Critics of the NGO response in Haiti have begun to ask why the money raised has not been spent more quickly. But they misunderstand the fact that each phase of disaster response is exhaustive and expensive.