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Founder Scott Harrison just arrived in Haiti yesterday to join up with water projects director Becky Straw. The team will spend the next five days working with our local partners Concern Worldwide and Partners In Health on upcoming long-term water projects for the areas that need them most…
“As many of you know, we’ve been working to bring clean water to Haiti since long before the Earthquake on Jan. 12. Of course, our resolve is even stronger now.
I’d watched the news, caught images from other photographers, but as we drove around Port-au-Prince this morning, standing up in the back of a pickup truck, I was absolutely floored by the scope of the damage. Everywhere we looked, we saw rubble. The word on the street is that one million people have been displaced from their homes. ‘Tent cities’ have sprung up everywhere.
Many people headed north to the Central Plateau, where we spent this afternoon visiting swollen communities without water. A reported 50,000 people have headed to the nearby island of La Gonave, where we’ll spend time on Friday and Saturday. [And where water projects director Becky Straw reported from yesterday.]
Yet as shocking as the scene downtown was, it was also hopeful. Many people smiled and waved as our pickup truck passed. Markets bustled and merchants everywhere sold fruit, sunglasses, batteries and cell phone chargers.
Practically — visually — I had a hard time imagining how this city could ever recover. How will the billions of dollars needed for reconstruction find their way to these city streets? Where would everyone go?
Yet intangibly… I also firmly believe the indomitable Haitian spirit will grow stronger and continue to win out over such staggering adversity.
We’re certainly going to do our part to help.
If you’d like to get news about the campaign as it develops, please visit our Haiti campaign page here.”