Today marks the two year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, which killed more than 316,000 people and left 1.5 million people without homes. It is so hard for us to imagining waking up one day to find everything we own destroyed, everything we know turned upside down, our loved ones taken away in the blink of an eye. But this was the reality for thousands of Haitian people, who had little time to grieve their losses and bravely started rebuilding their world.
In December Maria Bello invited my mom and I out to Haiti to meet the amazing people who have made so much progress since the earthquake. I was amazed and inspired by how upbeat and strong the women I met were, despite everything they had been through. They took it upon themselves to start re-growing their economy and helping others do the same, and I have so much admiration for these women.
But even though they have come so far, there is still a long way to go. Half a million people are still homeless, living in temporary camps, and I think it’s important that we keep spreading awareness and raising funds for the continued rebuilding of Haiti. It’s easy to throw the newspaper away or click away from this blog post and forget, but please let’s all spare a thought for the people of Haiti today and help in any way we can.
Thank you to We Advance and all of the organizations who work so hard to help rebuild Haiti. I was touched by the incredible people I met in Haiti, and thank them all for their warmth and hospitality and I pray for their continued strength and growth. Xo