Sak Pase! A little over a year ago I traveled to Haiti to volunteer for the 2-year Anniversary of the 2010 earthquake. The trip turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life and despite the disaster and despair, beauracracy and red tape – the people are beautiful and proud and Haiti has a special vibrant energy that’s infectious and hard to properly explain.
A year later the country is still the poorest in the western hemisphere, 4 out of 5 people live in poverty, the education system is pretty much non-existent, about 40% of the population is under the age of 15 and roughly 15% of the children are orphaned.
One of the many horror stories I learned of during my visit is the case of a U.S man who’s been indicted for preying on and terrorizing impoverished Haitian chidren. According to an FBI report, “The acts that the defendant is charged with committing, quite simply, defy belief”.