A good day for the average person may come in the form of a bonus at work, a bouquet of flowers or a free meal from your favorite restaurant.
For someone in Haiti, it means finally moving out of a tent.
A story from The Huffington Post said that more than 1.5 million Haitians were living in camps after the January 2010 disaster. But now that number is down to 320,000, thanks to help from government and aid groups that provide rent subsidies to camp residents. The average subsidy given to camp residents was $500, about a year’s worth of rent, as well as an additional $150 for other expenses.
Compared to what we have in the United States, they’re nothing fancy, and many are the size of a tiny hotel room. But wrapped inside a home that’s less than 350 square feet is hope.
The Miami Herald reports that the Haitian government has also opened a state university and industrial park, in addition to a new asphalt runway to accommodate large aircraft carriers that would bring aid and supplies. Roads are being built, stores are being patronized and progress is becoming apparent.
The resilience of those who call Haiti their home is astounding. Conditions that we would consider unlivable are the start of a new beginning. Photographer Ansel Adams once said that no man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
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