Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I wish I could just start digging...

It seems like every few years we are reminded that nature will somehow always be in control. As destructive and catastrophic as these disasters are, from Katrina to the Tsunami we are also reminded of the good in the world. People are donating from around the world even when they barely are able to feed themselves, you wouldn't know there was a troubled economy watching the help and donations pour in. Within 24 hours a former teacher of mine from graduate school had enabled over 50 people to gather in a meeting hall in New Orleans to plan.

"What we want to do is to be ready in three or four weeks to send a contingency of people to Haiti to build an emergency village, as a New Orleans Gives Back to Haiti, that can be used as a model for recovery from the earthquake and its aftermath. We want to establish a definitive timeline to get in and get out, with a definitive set of objectives."

I am so impressed by so many people's ability to act swiftly and so altruistically.

I wish I could just digging... for warm hands in the rubble, for more money in my pocket, for the mothers and fathers, for the children.

photo courtesy of http://www.redcross.org/

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