It has been almost a year since a massive earthquake hit Haiti, killing an estimated 230,000 people, injuring 300,000 and leaving 1 million homeless. Since that day, billions of dollars in aid has been promised but, one year later, it is clear that a large portion has not made it through. Indeed, reconstruction has been extremely slow, and compounded by hurricanes and the cholera epidemic, which has killed thousands of people.
On this first anniversary of the earthquake, it is time to not only speed up rebuilding efforts and ensure that aid gets delivered, but it is also time to lay the groundwork for longer term solutions. It is, of course, imperative that the urgent housing and medical needs of the population are met. At the same time, however, I believe that longer-term solutions must also be implemented. There must be an investment in the future through education and training to help Haitians gain skills that are vital to their country’s sustainable recovery.
At UoPeople, we hope to be part of that solution by offering students the opportunity to access higher education. As one of Student Computer Center administrators in Haiti remarked,
“…Unlike other people and NGOs that decided to help Haiti rise again by providing food, water, tents… we are taking care of the spirit, the mind and we are providing the key element that can better help rebuild this country. We cannot talk about rebuilding Haiti without high and good education.” Lubin, Student Computer Center administrator.
This year, we will rebuild Haiti’s future.
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