Tuesday , April 16 2024
Haiti is due to elect a new president. Hopefully, the new president will bring much needed change.

Haiti’s Dilemma

Whoever wins the presidential election in Haiti will determine if and when the country will get back on its feet after the devastating earthquake. Haiti was already in shambles before the earthquake; it is going to take a lot leadership from the newly elect president to turn things around.

My main concern is how the millions of dollars poured into Haiti are being used to rebuild roads, schools, hospitals, and much needed homes for the homeless? Who will oversee these projects?

A little more than six months after the earthquake, there are still few changes in Haiti. People are still dwelling in tents. What on earth is taking so long to get the people in at least temporary homes? The only organization that I know of who is making a huge difference in Haiti is the Lambi Fund of Haiti.

Wyclef Jean’s bid for the presidency was rejected late on Friday. His bid most certainly brought much needed attention to Haiti. I think the world is watching very closely. I do agree with Haitian novelist Edwidge Danticat that Wyclef’s bid for the presidency was very inspirational, but it is time to get back to working on finding solutions to help the nine million Haitians who are still living in deplorable conditions.

I personally think the United Nations should put together a delegation to oversee that all the monies are being used properly. Drastic measures must be taken in Haiti, and the international community must come together to help Haiti get back on its feet.

It certainly would not be a bad idea for experts in human issues and tragedies to offer help to Haiti. I hope whoever wins the presidency will be open to getting outside help. I also think Haitians living abroad should make a concerted effort to help as well.

As a Haitian-American living in the United States, I am totally committed to donating money to an organization that is making a huge difference in Haiti.

The Lambi Fund of Haiti celebrated its 15th anniversary last year. They offer financial and other resources to community-based organizations that promote the social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people.

About Nicole Weaver

Nicole Weaver is an award-winning author. Her first trilingual book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle was published in 2009. Her love for languages and other cultures resulted in publishing the award-winning book, My Sister Is My Best Friend which was published in 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing. My Sister Is My Best Friend has won the following awards: 2012 Creative Child Awards Program consisting of moms and educators has awarded this book the 2012 PREFERRED CHOICE AWARD Kids Picture Storybooks category. 2012 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2012 Children's Literary Classics Gold Award Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review Her newest book , My Brother Is My Best Friend was also published by Guardian Angel Publishing, January 2014.

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