Concern Worldwide, a company limited by guarantee and exempted from using the word "limited", Reg. No. 39647. Reg. Charity No. CHY 5745,
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Eleven days after the earthquake, the Haitian government have declared an end to the rescue operation. It is a sad day for many people as the awful realisation sinks in: whoever has not been found alive by now, never will be.
Time to think
What strikes me is the acceptance of this tragedy by so many people. “This is god’s will,” they say. But is it? Over the last 11 days, the only chance I have had to really think about this atrocity is when I sit down to write this blog. My head starts swimming and I think of all I have seen during the day, conversations I have had, comments I have heard and it is difficult to digest it all.
Dealing with tragedy
One man lost his wife and three children. He had no place to bury them and so had to wrap them up and place them out on the street to be taken away. How does someone deal with that? How does someone move on from that? These are questions I cannot answer but somehow every Haitian is dealing with it. I have spoken before about the sheer resilience of these people but it really is admirable. This country has been through so much yet they dust themselves off and try again each time.
The earthquake quite literally shattered this country, from slum dwelling to the Presidential Palace, but it has not shattered Haiti’s soul.
Concern’s work continues
On Saturday, everyone turned up for work. Work began on our latrines, which will benefit 15,000 people. Water distributions continued, as did our distribution of critical medical supplies and emergency nutrition work.
Concern is committed to Haiti and the people we work with are committed to us. Together we can and will build a future for them. Your donations are allowing us to do that.