Today, January 12th 2015, marks the five year anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed over 200,000 Haitians, and let hundreds of thousands homeless and orphaned. The Haiti Babi Moms took the day off in honor of their brothers and sisters who were affected by this travesty.
Although solemn, we’re also full of hope. Much of Haiti’s history is filled with brutality and devastation- but through the darkness have emerged fighters, survivors and change makers filled with the belief that things can be better. I spend most of my time in Haiti in awe of the resilience and optimism that Haitians uphold, despite the extreme adversity they face everyday.
It is with this attitude that we can see Haiti make progress for a better future. According to the Haitian Ministry: school enrollment in primary education increased from 47% in 1993 to 88% in 2014, literacy has gone up by 20% in the last 15 years, and cholera has gone down by 51% between 2012 and 2013. There are now public schools - so all children can receive an education- there are more paved roads and electricity, as well as solid efforts to attract economically beneficial tourism. It is sometimes hard to see these changes when there is still so much that needs to be done, but like all Haitians, through the darkness; we see hope.
To those who were lost; you were not forgotten.