Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Haiti's one year anniversary

The movie set for Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, Universal Studios CA
So I had to put the baking on hold because surprise surprise, the world is not ending and I could go to work today! It was a disappointing 2 inches of snow on the ground.

Today is the one year anniversary since Haiti's devastating earthquake. I went to a seminar today on the work that is being done there - job creation, health services, sanitation. The latter was quite interesting because a woman involved in a unique non-profit called SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) talked about toilets and poop for a good 30 minutes. It was pretty ironic since they were serving free lunch at this thing. All this made me think about global health and how big the world is, how privileged I am to have health care, a job, and food. Yes our unemployment rate isn't so hot right now but a 9% unemployment rate can't be compared to a 55% unemployment rate. A infant mortality of 8 per 1000 live births can't be compared with 64 per 1000 live births.

Often when hearing such numbers, it's easy to feel disconnected but if you have some heart left, what you hear and see will affect you. Let's not forget.

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