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Haitian Hope

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2009 at 3:50 pm

“Haitians have a destiny to suffer.” — Papa Doc

“For me, an area of moral clarity is: you’re in front of someone who’s suffering and you have the tools at your disposal to alleviate that suffering or even eradicate it, and you act.” Paul Farmer

On New Year’s Eve, my dear friend Anna moved to Port-au-Prince for 10 weeks to assess and coordinate community health and development projects. This is Haiti’s great gain and my great loss. To borrow a metaphor from another friend: I feel very much like an organ donor. I’ve lost something I really need to someone who apparently needs it more.

As we packed and repacked suitcases full of medical supplies, we talked again about the extraordinary work of Paul Farmer‘s Partners in Health, which has inspired the imagination and actions of Anna and many others. We were both very moved by these two short clips on PiH’s work in Haiti. They are worth the 10 minutes or so apiece that they take to watch.

[60 Minute’s Introduction to PIH in Haiti]

[BZFilms: Haitian Hope]

If you haven’t read Mountains Beyond Mountains (available at Splintered Light Bookstore), make it one of your goals for 2009. You won’t be disappointed.