Update on My Work in Haiti

26 04 2010

I want to thank the first lady, Michelle Obama, for coming to Haiti and shedding light on the situation. While celebrities and newscasters come and go, the road to recovery has barely begun.

I am happy to report that there has been progress, but the progress is slow and far from adequate. People have clean water, good (not great) sanitation, food and shelter. 

Streets that could be cleared have been cleared. Road repairs have been made to the extent needed to support emergency vehicles at least temporarily.  Most medical needs are being met and disease control efforts have been surprisingly good.

Children are going to make shift schools. Recreational activities have been organized. Police, firefighters and emergency crews are back in operation to some extent.
But thousands and thousand are still homeless. They live in cloth tents with make shift furniture salvaged from wherever.

The people need so much help, I cannot turn away. I have made seven visits to Haiti and planning another in a few weeks.  I am currently back in States attending to business and trying to minimize the amount of time needed to run my operations. It is taking a great deal of restructuring, but nothing in comparison to what the Haitians face every day.

I appreciate all the letters of support from people concerned about my efforts. I wish I had time to answer everyone personally but this blog will have to suffice for now. People who want to send money, please don’t send it to me. There are many good organizations that are doing tremendous work in Haiti and I do not want to recommend one over the other. I will say that I work very closely with many of the groups on the ground in Port-au-Prince and have not found fault with any organization that is currently working there. And they all need continuing support, not just now, but for months, and probably years, to come.

Thank you,

PS: As you may have noticed, I have not been able to keep up with my online journal. But I have kept copious notes of events and maybe someday…




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