There are many who’ve written off Haiti, who believe we’ve dug an abyss for ourselves and will never be able to get out of it. This cannot be further from the truth; we’ve been through worse, and I am confident we will get through this phase in our history as well. It will not be easy. There has been too much down slide without any successful attempt to stop it. But there are a lot of groups working hard to make a difference and to attempt to improve the situation for our brothers and sisters in need. Some of those initiatives include medical and religious missions, orphanages, water purification systems, camps, student sponsorship, and money regularly sent by members of the diaspora to family members, friends, and loved ones. Thank God for those ongoing programs without which the situation would be catastrophic. However, these programs are Band-Aids put on a wound that is spreading out of control. With no plan to fully heal the wound, we will eventually run out of Band-Aids.
There is no doubt a lot of sacrifices are being made by a great number of Haitians and friends of Haiti. We’ve come to a point in the crisis where we can no longer afford to be disjointed. While the programs that are in place should continue in order to save lives, it is critical that we come up with a different strategy where everyone comes together to conceive some LONG-TERM plans, to identify the problems that stand in the way of progress, and come up with LONG-TERM sustainable resolutions. We don’t have individual problems; we have a national crisis that can only be solved with everyone coming together.
The Diaspora’s Role
It’s time we in the diaspora in particular take control of our own destiny and put our expertise to the service of our country. This is not going to happen overnight, and it may be too late for some to witness the results, but we have to come up with a sustainable plan to hand down to our kids. The time to start is now.
Facts about Haiti