But there is hope! Haiti has one of the highest levels of food insecurity in the world; more than half of its total population is chronically undernourished.
These days, its once-groomed fairways are home to nearly 50, people, among the 1. When I visited last week, the sun was shining. Life went on, it seemed: Many people had set up businesses and informal markets selling food, charcoal, fruit, shoes, shampoo.
In the sunlight it might be easy to see this as a sign of hope, life amid the ruins.
But when the rains come, the steeply sloping ground will turn to mud, dangerous and diseased. For those trapped in the camp, hope will seem far away. President Rene Preval calls it a "rendezous with history," a cmpact to build what he calls "a new Haiti," a Haiti transformed.
It is a mission to offer and deliver hope. For weeks, experts have been assessing the needs and costs of the 12 January disaster. It is, by any measure, a visionary document.
That is our challenge in New York -- not to rebuild, but to "build back better," to create quite literally a new Haiti. Clearly, this assistance must be well-spent and well-coordinated.
It must provide for continuing emergency relief: So far we have provided 1 million people with tents and tarpaulins roughly threequarters of those in need and will distributemore within the next few weeks.
We now have a number of major sites around Port au Prince to which we can relocate people from areas vulnerable to flooding when the rainy season begins in earnest. Meanwhile, the UN mission is taking all measures to maintain security and, in particular, ensure that women and children in the camps can be safe from sexual violence.
As we move from emergency aid to longer-term reconstruction, let us recognize that we cannot accept business as usual. What we envision, today, is wholesale national renewal, root to branch -- a sweeping and ambitious exercise in nation-building. That means fully democratic government, grounded in sound economic and social policies that address extreme poverty and deep-rooted disparities of wealth.
This social contract must empower women -- as heads of households providing for their families, as entrepreneurs developing businesses, as advocates for the vulnerable, with full rights as decision-makers in evolving democratic institutions and civic action organizations.
It must offer new opportunities for economic advancement -- above all, jobs. At the end of the day, only Haitians can rebuild Haiti -- again, build back better. It requires fresh approaches to long-standing problems. If Haiti is to flourish, social infrastructure and economic development must be dispersed from Port au Prince to regions and cities throughout the country.
I am confident that, together, we can set Haiti on the road to a new and very different future. The work of building that promised tomorrow begins today in places like the Petionville camp, most immediately by moving tens of thousands of people to safety.
But ultimately, we must offer something far less tangible but infinitely more sustaining: And for Haiti, hope begins this Wednesday in New York.
About the Author Ban Ki-moon of the Republic of Korea, the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, brings to his post 37 years of service both in Government and on the global stage.The main reason why we are looking into a PPP rather than co-op is land ownership.
We have encountered problems with that issue and we anticipate more of the same would arise from a co-op structure where there is no one single owner. Hopefully Looking Into the Future: Haiti Hopefully Looking into the Future “Hope is the thing with feathers /That perches in the soul /And sings the tune without the words /And never stops at all.
Life and Hope Haiti added 3 new photos. · June 7 · Great progress on the Eben Ezer School's guesthouse, which will allow the school to help support itself, give volunteers and visitors a place to stay and bring work and training to the community.
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Hope to Haiti was founded in Headquartered in Tallahassee Florida, we are a (c)3 non-profit organization EIN Number: Hope to Haiti has moved beyond the failed models of charity towards sustainable communities, economies, and lifestyles.
Toward a New Future for Haiti. The Petionville Golf Club sits upon a hillside overlooking Port au Prince and the sea. These days, its once-groomed fairways are home to nearly 50, people, among the million displaced by the earthquake and crowded together in tents or tarpaulin lean-tos provided by the UN or international relief agencies.