Helping Out Our Haitian Neighbors


With the events in Haiti that took place this week I’ve been doing a lot of praying and being thankful in the past few days. I live in South Florida and work with a lot of Haitians who have family members who have nowhere to live, are missing or are dead. I can’t imagine how traumatic it is for them not to know what is going on and being in limbo with the inability to do anything for their own people.

A lot of times in life people will complain about things or be mean to each other. People get angry at each other over the most miniscule reasons. But I’ve seen the true spirit of our fellow Americans in the past few days. People who have no connection to Haiti are raising money, collecting supplies and comforting those who are in need. It’s a wonderful thing to witness, especially when we as mothers and fathers can feel the pain of the parents in the wake of this disaster.

However on the other hand I’ve seen and heard things that are truly disgusting and insensitive. Posts on the internet that say Haiti wouldn’t help us or they didn’t do anything for us during Hurricane Katrina are selfish and/or ignorant and I can’t believe they come out of people’s mouths. First of all the residents of Haiti live on something like $2 per day so who is to expect them to help an affluent nation like the United States? Yes people here are out of work and homeless but if you have a cell phone, cable, a car, a safe place to live or one solid meal per day then you’re already better off than most of the people living in Haiti. Second it shouldn’t matter either way. I wonder how many of these people are aware (or even care) that Haiti helped the colonies fight the British in the Revolutionary War? Pretty amazing and selfless on their part since they had nothing to gain. Why can’t we do the same for them?

I’m not saying that everyone can afford to donate to an organization to help with every national disaster. Nor am I saying that we should ignore the plight our own country is going through. But if you feel like your efforts are better spent at home then go volunteer in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr Day tomorrow. Or simply keep the Haitians in your thoughts and if you know a Haitian person let them know that you’re thinking of them and their family. A little compassion goes a long way and it can make someone feel oh so very good.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Wonderful post.

    Glad to have you in our Aspiring Writer’s Club on MBC!!


    • Posted by yangmommy on January 24, 2010 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks! My co-blogger, Yin Mama, actually wrote that post. Between the two of us, we either blog on the same topic each week or take turns.

      See you on MBC!


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