"Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive...then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
Howard Thurman

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Storm Update

I spent the weekend at one of our camps, first assessing damage and beginning some crucial infrastructure clean up and today doing tarp distribution for the families that lost their home / tent.  We had many conversations around this point:  If we are truly trying to encourage people to leave the camps and return to their pre-quake neighborhoods are we sending a mixed message by providing tents and tarps to those that remain in the camps?  Wouldn't distributions to those that left (or never entered) a camp be a better, more consistent message?  But then are you really a humanitarian organization if you leave people without a roof over their heads?  There are no easy answers here!

Everything flew away from this area except the desk!

All that was left of the central part of one of the camps I work in.

Another of the camps I work in lost 80% of their tents.  Those that remain need major repairs.

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