I'm an earthquake survivor who's seen the big-time reporters come and go. They're doing such a stellar job and I want to help out, so I've written this handy guide for when they come back on the one-year anniversary of the January quake.
During my recent trip to Haiti, I stood by with my heart in my throat as I watched a nurse take away oxygen from a premature baby in order to give it to a mother in labor whose unborn child had a faltering heartbeat.
My first impression is that Haiti seems, on the surface at least, similar to West Africa. There is such vibrancy here and resilience among the people -- but, just under the surface, there must also be a lot of pain and loss.
Words can hardly do justice to the conditions for the Haitians of Port- au-Prince. Yet, my visit to the SOS Children's Village in Santo filled me with awe and pride because of the wonderful things I saw happening in and around the village.
My mother wrote me after watching a piece on the News Hour. "This report makes Port au Prince looks as if it's actually a functioning city -- do you get that impression?" Functional, perhaps not. Functioning, without a doubt.