Friday marked one month since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the city of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. It was one month ago that many Haitians lost their lives, lost loved ones and left thousands homeless.
On January 12th, I remember feeling in my heart that I had to do something. I automatically texted Yele to give a small donation to Yele Haiti. I prayed and prayed for days for peace, for understanding, for trust in God for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. I followed blogs. I watched news coverage from dawn until dusk.
I am much more engaged in social change now than I was when Katrina devastated our brothers and sister living on the Gulf Coast, and as I watched the tremendous response and relief efforts to the disaster in Haiti, I couldn’t help but question how long it would last.
The power of the internet in connecting millions of people and making us all global citizens is a marvelous thing. I’ve followed as people have turned social media into tools of advocacy. Just check out Shaun King’s twitter stream, and see the devotion he and others have put into organizing a mass campaign to get tents to Haiti before the rainy season begins. Just yesterday I was introduced to a young Haitian artist, Saskya Sky, who won the “One Minute to Shine” contest on Black Planet and donated her $1,000 prize money to relief efforts in Haiti. I can only have gratitude for everyone who is doing something, anything, to help in the relief and rebuilding efforts.
I was moved to write this post after a friend asked this question on Facebook:
Please tell me why no one is talking about Haiti anymore…as if all the problems over. The olympics should not be the only thing on the news………