By Kyle Newell
Over the summer I went to a small Haitiantown of Gros Morne,
Haiti I went there through an organization called Quest ran
by the Religous Orderof Jesus and Mary. While I was there
I stayed at the RJM house with 5 other voluenteers. While
I was there I worked in an summe camp for children spsnosored
byt the RJM. After summer camp was over I would then teach
an Englihs class from 3:30 to 5:30 for children, and one at
night from 7-9 for adults.
Through my trip I leanred a number of things. I earned how
to cook, for we at the household would all have to take turns
cooking meals. I learned how to speak Haitian Creole,I learned
to resoect each and every human life and value the existance
of every person. I also learned a lot about the Haitian culture
and their way of life.I also learned a number of other things.
As one might expet their first instenct is to give to someone
in need. This is what most Haitian organizations in the United
States do. They blindly give things to people in Haiti. Rarely
do they see the reprocussions of their givings. Yes the giving
of items, i.e. clothes is gwnerous, however, it may not be
the best thing for the country of haiti. As we contribute
material objects to the country of Haiti, we are at the same
time depleteing the Haitian economy. When we give them a shirt.
That means that someone does not have to buy a shirt that
a Haitian person would be able to make and sell. . We need
to learn not to give blindly. When we give we need to know
what we are doiong when we are giving. We should help support
economic growth in the country, in stead of giving monetary
aid that acts just as bandages. We need to aim our contributions
to the rebuilding of a country. A country that cannot stand
uypon itseld will never be able to get itself our of a negative
whirlepool. The country of Haiti needs economic development.
However, most people are learly of investing in a country
that is so governmentallly unstable. The government will alwas
be untbale for the pople want economic independance. Since
they aren't getting economic endependenace they are creating
governmental upheaval. The goal of economi stability cannot
be reached because of the governmental turmoil.
The country f Haiti also needs the supprt of the Unmited States
of Maerica. We falsey claim that we help other countries.
There is not one instance that we have heped another country
for the soul perpuse of helping a countery. Currently we are
holding 500 million dollards in economic aid from the country
of Haiti. (Some of which teh country of Haiti is having to
pay intresterst on.)At the same time we see other countries
i.e. Afghanistan, SubShara Africa, gaining monitary support
from the United Styates. The United States needs to support
the people and the government of Haiti. hrough out the years
the United States has tried givingingmoney to haiti. hought
times of upheavel, and turoimoil through dictatorships and
copde tats, the United State has given Haiti economic aid.
However, no that h counry of Haiti is a democracy, the aid
As the United States media suports aid for countries such
as AfghaniartaN ns sub-Sahraa Africas, the media fails to
reconize the meager exestiance of a countryin our own back
yeard. The media coverage of Haiti is meager and frutile.
They fail to reconize that Haiti is the first leading ocuntry
outside of SubSahara Africa in terms of AIDS and other deaseses..
Like wise, there are children (called restavicks) in slavery
in this country as well. Whereas the United States media shudders
at the site of slavery in Nigeria, they don't even bat an
eye at slavery less than two hours awayfrom the United States.
Haiti needs help. They needeconomic aid, economic development,
and economic investment, .
My name is Kyle Newell. I am 18 yerars old. I am attending
Purdue University for Engeneering. attend Saint Mary Catherdral