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Checking In On Haiti, and Judith

By It's My Life on June 2, 2010 2:41 PM | No TrackBacks

There is just so darn much news these days. It seems like something really big happens, and we hear about it constantly for a few days or, if it's particularly ginormous, a couple of weeks...and then something else grabs our attention. Sometimes it's hard to keep track of all the bad stuff. Oil spills. Kidnappings and murders. Celebrity deaths. And oh yeah, earthquakes.

It's hard to believe it's been almost 5 months since the earthquake in Haiti, which killed an estimated 230,000 people and made over 1 million homeless. It's all we heard about for a little while. And then other things went down, and we got distracted, and life went on. But the other day we thought about Haiti for some reason and wondered, "What's going on there?" Nobody's really talking about it anymore! We got curious and went looking for some updates, and found this great story from the UNICEF website which raised our spirits but also reminded us of how an entire country must be struggling together to survive.



Judith's story: In the face of grief, education brings hope in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 14 May 2010 - On the day of the quake, Ms. Lambert, our school director, sent us home early. I usually stayed after class to help clean the trash in the schoolyard. But that day, Ms. Lambert had heard that not far from our school a university teacher had been killed and there was fear of rioting. She insisted that we rush home and not linger on the streets.

Do you follow up on stories after they've faded from the headlines? What does it take for an event to really make an impression on your life and keep you from forgetting about it? It's interesting to think about, yes? For us, the Haiti earthquake stays with us because of the staggering number of children affected, and the percentage of those children who are the same age of IML'ers, trying to overcome incredible loss and heartbreak to get on with their lives and have a bright future. Go Judith!

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