By: CJ Ramsaran

As horrific as it was, the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti two years ago on January 12, 2010 has fizzled to a distant memory for many.  

Yet for many more, its existence will be etched in their hearts and minds forever.

After two long years, the sad reality is Haiti and its people are still in despair; they are still suffering.  Aid (financial, medical, and rebuilding efforts) has reached the people, and there has been some progress; however, the progress is slow, and there is still a very long way to go before recovery.

Many point fingers and lay blame.  The sense of urgency is lacking; there’s not enough aid, too much red-tape and politics.  Much more needs to be done!

Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere and its people are no strangers to hardship.  They have endured devastation and despair for generations with pre-existing economical, governmental, and social challenges prior to the earthquake.  In compare, the suffering they now face and have had to succumbed to could arguably be the most tragic.

Destruction is everywhere; illness and disease are prominent; families remain torn; children have been orphaned; morale is tarnished; and despite all the trials and tribulations, the people of Haiti gain strength from their firm and unmoving faith.

A faith which comforts them; a faith that promises better is coming; a faith that reminds them God is with them and has not forsaken them. 

Haiti – lest we forget…