Friday, June 9, 2017

Jeremie ou nan ke m

After hurricane Matthew struck Jeremie on October 4, 2016 it was difficult to recognize the town and the Grand'Anse region. To look at so much destruction was depressing, and I could not wrap my head around it. Little did I realize that I also had become traumatized. My beloved Jeremie was no longer the city I knew and loved. It has changed, and it took a while to accept that change.

But today I went to visit a friend who lives quite a ways away from the center of town, a good 45 minute walk. These are some of the things I captured:

Flowers, blooming, trees bearing fruit, dogs lazing in the sun, cocks crowing - all signs of life, simple, and yet profound. There is no reason for despair, life is persistent, hope springs eternal.
With that sentiment, I am starting to write my blog again, because Jeremie ou nan ke m (Jeremie you're in my heart) .

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February 28, 2017

"At the core of Farmer's longevity and success is his ability to see the problem for its stark reality.  Instead of always expecting to win--a trait he says is common to the American idea--Farmer advocates that a better approach when dealing with situations like Haiti is to be prepared for what he calls the "long defeat" an acceptance that we will lose but we will do it anyway, if in the process we will relieve someone's suffering."
This quote was sent to me by a friend, unfortunately she no longer remembers where she read it. But that does not take away from the significance of the quote and its impact it had on me. I have been in Haiti for 17 years now, and from time to time the question what has been accomplished begs for an answer. It is then when I read the quote, and it lifts my spirit and encourages me to continue.This is especially true when natural disasters hit, where we have no control. To pick up the pieces and to continue living means we do consider life a gift not to be abandoned so easily. we work through the pain and loss and come out on the other side.

 Hibiscus after the hurricane.