So what happens when you return from a place like Haiti?
Before going to Haiti I had zero exposure to the developing world and I’m finding that I am still processing the experience. I’ve had the opportunity tell my stories on a number of occasions; although each time, the story changes somewhat. I see new things or reflect on experiences differently with each day that passes. Some days, the people of Haiti flood my dreams and I wake up feeling helpless. On others, I think about the mother stopping to get her child’s shoes shined, amid rubble and devastation, and I am humbled by her fierce desire to hold on to the one thing she can control – her dignity. And on other days, I’m angry and frustrated that a little baby had to die and her only sin was to be born in a place that couldn’t care for her.
At the end of every conversation, someone invariably asks “now what?”
As I see it, we can either try (and maybe fail) or we can walk away and do nothing, rallying against the impossibility of it all.
I choose to try.
I’ve been humbled by the response to this blog and I would be grateful if you would continue this journey with us. We’ve set up a Facebook page to which you can link on the menu above and you can also find me on Twitter at Peter_Sweeney. At least once a week, I’ll blog on some aspect of our work or my personal thoughts on things that are happening in the countries we work, or on international development in general.
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We’re going to try and make the world a better place, even if only marginally so.
Will you join us on the way?