The beautiful young woman pictured to my right is one of my best friends in the entire world, Ashley Little.
We met freshman year at Elon University, and it has been nothing short of a pleasure to be her friend. Ashley Little is beautiful, smart, like-minded, hardworking, and did I mention, beautiful? And I am honored to have her guest blogging here today. Ashley, who is also a wonderful writer, honored me by speaking on why Haiti still needs our help.
“You might say that the tiny nation of Haiti was born out of struggle.
In 1804, after a bitter, long fought battle, Haiti became the first black republic to declare its independence. Sadly, the country (the poorest in the western hemisphere) has been plagued by political, social, and economic turmoil ever since. And in January 2010, it was dealt yet another devastating blow: A 7.0 earthquake descended violently upon Haiti, leaving behind an unimaginable, and catastrophic path of destruction.
In the days and weeks to come, the worst earthquake to hit Haiti in 200 years became a fixture in national news. And the global response, (particularly in terms of humanitarian aid) was extraordinary. But even a natural disaster of this magnitude proved to have a short shelf life, quickly fading from the public conscience.
Amongst all of the rubble, Haiti is a country of endless beauty; manifested especially in the resilience, and optimism of its people. However, there is still much work to be done:
40 % of the 10 million people in Haiti do not have access to clean water. (source: http://www.waterandhealth.org)
Cholera is rampant, and has claimed over 7,000 lives while afflicting 6 percent of the population.
Hundreds of thousands of Haitians remain housed in camps and otherwise overcrowded, and deplorable conditions.
Out of struggle and tragedy also comes triumph. And together, we can continue to rebuild, and restore Haiti. They are still in dire need of our help today. Let’s start one mile at a time.”