"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

Monday, January 17, 2011

More from the land of contrasts

The Healing Hands for Haiti board met at one of our favorite beach resorts over the weekend.  All reports were positive that real progress was made and I was happy to be a part of it all, with a little extra time with friends and a good book on the beach. 

View from my chair at the beach
We arrived back in Port au Prince last night at almost the same moment the news hit the street that Baby Doc Duvalier had returned to Haiti after 25 years in exile. In yet another moment that reminds us to never be surprised at what can happen in Haiti, I'm still truly astounding that a) he is really here; b) he wasn't arrested on humanitarian rights violations the moment he landed; and c) there are people that remember the "order" he created and are happy to see him, somehow leaving out the actual facts of his "reign".  Of course we'll be watching developments closely but for now everything is quiet and he seems to be staying close to his hotel.
On a brighter note - Al, Healing Hands and the Haitian amputee soccer team received some nice coverage on the CBS Sunday Morning Show.  It's the stories like this that keep our hopes for a better Haiti alive!  Watch it here: 

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