In countries and cultures around the world, there are days of collective celebration and days of collective mourning and remembrance. At the beginning of the year, most of us are focused on celebration – the beginning of a new year, the endless possibilities that await us, the unique moment of joy in the unknown future. In Haiti, that same joy is punctuated with a day of shared sorrow and renewed grief.
Today, nine years after the earthquake that claimed so many lives and changed so many others, Haiti’s bustle and vibrancy fall quiet as those who remain stop to remember those who were lost. Today, we acknowledge that these nine years have seemed no longer than the space between a heartbeat or a breath for the thousands of families who lost their loved ones, their homes, their livelihoods.
January 12, 2010 still walks with the people of Haiti, in the resurrected fear and trauma following an earthquake last year in Northern Haiti; in those whose fate hangs in the balance as the battle over the TPS program goes to trial; in the knowledge of Haiti’s continued vulnerability to climate change.
We can never erase what has already happened, but we also cannot and must not waver in our mission to build Haiti’s resilience from the soil up. This is a beautiful, strong, revolutionary nation; the SOIL team is proud to play a role in fighting for Haiti’s future with every toilet installed, and every ton of compost applied.
Thank you for sharing in our dream, and for honoring the country that we all love so dearly.
With love from Haiti,
Sasha and the SOIL team
Photo: Claire Pask
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