by Anne Edgerton
ChildFund Disaster Management Team Leader
Anne is in Haiti this week, working with CBM, ChildFund’s partner on the ground.
It’s a warm welcome one receives in Haiti, despite all they’ve been through. I arrived this morning, and have been at work ever since — 12 hours later.
The site of so many destroyed buildings pales in comparison to meeting Haitians individually, hearing their stories and witnessing their struggles. Haitians are used to having it tough. The piles of broken rock seem to signify that what once stood can be built again.
A city of rock, Port-au-Prince has the will to endure.
ChildFund’s partner CBM has been in Haiti for 30 years, working with clinics and communities, therapists and counselors. I was lucky enough to join them today. But larger plans for visiting communities to let people know about CBM’s center were put aside for a more urgent call.
I met a woman today who had both legs broken below the knee during the earthquake. Despite two visits to the hospital and casts on both legs, she was not healing. She was quietly lying on a door, which she has been since having her legs plastered incorrectly.
She rocked in pain as six men followed CBM staff instructions to carry her to a local clinic for X-rays of her legs. The X-rays showed no healing, and CBM has arranged for the woman to go to a different hospital for new casts.
She smiled and thanked everyone.
It’s not about the rocks. It’s about the people.
To support ChildFund’s partnership with CBM in Haiti, click here. Contributions made no later than Feb. 28, 2010, can be deducted from 2009 tax returns.