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.
what lies ahead is detailed, difficult and often does not fit neatly into the standardized buckets of international economic development. For example, Haiti now faces the prospect of a generation of amputees.
It only costs me U.S. $800 per year to support and provide an education for Chamari Thushara Dilhani, a bright 23-year-old Sri Lankan woman who otherwise could have been coerced into drugs and prostitution.
If we seize this chance, we can help the people of Haiti escape their cycle of poverty and deprivation fueled by merciless natural disasters. The international community owes them a Marshall Plan-magnitude effort.