Is Haiti Getting a Second Chance?
Posted November 9, 2011 by Scott Bowers
Can you imagine a bad thing yielding positive opportunities? It seems that as Haiti digs out from their earthquake from Jan of 2010, they are slowly experiencing signs of rebirth and opportunities. I am seeing signs of growth in the area we are staying, which is Petionville. Our flight into Haiti was mostly non-Haitian, suggesting that many were teams from churches, government organizations, and non-government organizations or NGOs. These teams continue to bring finances and revitalizing resources to Haiti. During our drive (in the dark) from the airport to the guesthouse, I was surprised at the newly constructed buildings, the lights being on in the buildings, and the business of people in the streets. Best Western is building a new hotel just a few blocks from where we are staying. (I imagine they are anticipating more influx of help and construction for some time to come since Haiti is not a destination spot for tourism.) In our area some of the damaged buildings have been torn down, and tent cities in our area have been reduced as the government resettles people to other areas. This week Habitat for Humanity, with 450 people, is building 150 small homes in Leogane, near the earthquake’s epicenter. And, the temporary clinic in Calebasse has been constructed and our team is working on trying to make it more operational. From talking to our Haitian friends, it seems that reconstruction money that is being invested in Haiti is coming with oversight and accountability – something that has been sorely needed. Make no mistake;
the earthquake was devastating and horrible. My glasses are not so rose colored that I think Haiti has turned a corner – my observations are just on a small sliver of Haiti. However, as the cliché goes, “dawn still comes in the morning” and maybe Haiti will experience a new dawn as a result of all of the focused help. Time will tell! SB
View of FOCAS's new temporary clinic as seen from inside the old clinic which was completely destroyed by the earthquake in 2010.