Today is an amazing day in the blogosphere! Despite the massive turmoil Haiti is currently enduring, we the rest of humanity are required to assist & lift the people of Haiti up during this time. The wonderful & talented Jeanine of Aphrochic has spearheaded a movement for bloggers. Today I am a part of 14 other bloggers that have made the choice to dedicate this day to raise awareness & educate our readers about the resilient country of Haiti.
I struggled with how I wanted to present this post, and whether I wanted to give my readers a true depiction of Haiti or mask the truth & prioritize peoples feelings or reactions. Then I remembered the truth is the only way that you can be liberated PERIOD. We live our lives day-to-day selfishly not thinking an ounce of how our brothers & sisters around the world live. Haiti has an amazingly rich history, being the first post-colonial independent black nation due to a triumphant revolt of slaves. That fact alone helps you to understand the depth & strength of the Haitian people.
Knowledge is power, & in turn power evokes human consciousness. As I was looking for a few pictures that would accurately show the day-to-day lives of most Haitians I came across Jan Sochor’s site. Jan did a wonderful audio photo essay of Haiti entitled hunger & rage. You can view the slide show below by clicking on the link, be sure to click on the caption button to learn more in-depth facts about Haiti.
Know that you are empowered with knowledge, its time for ACTION! There are many organizations & groups that you can give to, but I would like to introduce you to a org I will be donating to. Wine to Water is a org I found out about while covering an event for She Breathes. I was able to meet founder Doc Hendley & his wife and had an extensive conversation with him about the work he is doing. Wine to water provides clean water to people all over the globe. Doc a bartender, had the desire & started a non-profit. Simple as that, now he has provided clean water to people in India,Ethiopia, Sudan & many other countries. If you’re interested in donating towards their efforts in Haiti, visit their site & click on HAITI EMERGENCY FUND banner! Also be sure to visit Aphrochic’s blog to see all the other bloggers that are participating in this great effort for Haiti!