RISING FROM THE RUBBLE Resilient because
RISING FROM THE RUBBLE
Resilient because the destruction it did not make them therefore it will not break them in the mist of recovery, restoration and rebuilding. Rising from the rubble, is their calling card, their placeholder to their destiny, their game-changer, their pathway to forging a stronger return.Even as the days stretch on into weeks, we have witnessed many ascend from the weight of the concrete with a poised pose of triumph over and against some insurmountable odds. Battered, bruised, broke, but not broken in their resolve to survive.There is a fist full of lessons for us to learn.
We can find triumph in tragedy
We can find thrown out treasures
We can find talent in the tenacious
Nothing more defines us than how we overcome, especially when that is not believed to be an option.
Over 180 days ago these words were penned in an effort to understand the enormous events that occurred on January 12, 2012 when a earthquake shook the nation of HAITI. A massive magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010 with an epicenter about 15 km southwest of the capital, Port-au-Prince. An estimated 2 million people live within the zone of heavy to moderate structural damage. The earthquake is assessed as the worst in this region over the last 200 years and massive international assistance will be required to help the country recover. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ha.html The world looked on and immediately went into rescue and recovery mode. In the days following this massive destruction, the media onslaught was high you would have had to be in a coma or under a rock to not know about the efforts to “RESCUE HAITI”. Celebrities and campaigns were at the forefront of your televisions, radios and social media sites, the message was clear: HAITI needs our help so send a text, an e-mail, a telephone or mail, just give. Most people were moved by the scenes of devastation and death, and found a way to contribute.
The earthquake in HAITI hit a nation that was already deemed the poorest in the western world. The earthquke turned the spotlight on the fragile infrastructure of this nation. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of the population living under the poverty line and 54% in abject poverty. Two-thirds of all Haitians depend on the agricultural sector, mainly small-scale subsistence farming, and remain vulnerable to damage from frequent natural disasters, exacerbated by the country’s widespread deforestation.https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ha.html. Some would say that such conditions make it impossible to recover, restore and rebuild from the combination of devastation and a depressed economy.
The people of HAITI, that were affected by the earthquake are finding a way to “RISE from the RUBBLE” and survive. Although resources are scarce in this period of recovery, the shanty-town tent cities provide living quarters, the entrepreneurial spirit is seen in the vendors on the streets, and children are attending school. The nation of HAITI can be rebuilt with a foundation that is grounded in its people and their desire to survive.
Despite the rubble and lack of permanent housing in post-quake Haiti, one positive sign is the vast number of children who have been able to return to school.
Haitians Press On Amid Slow Pace Of Quake Recovery : NPR
Americans have donated more than $1.3 billion for Haiti after the country’s Jan. 12 quake. Thousands of charities are helping the recovery effort. But plans to move survivors out of encampments into more suitable housing seem months, or even years, away.
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