By Michelle Hough, Caritas Communications Officer – Saturday
Caritas is going to take part in the rebuilding of Haiti. It’s going to invest in helping people have homes, healthcare and jobs. Now, Port-au-Prince looks as though it’s dropped off the edge of the earth and has smashed into a million pieces, but one day, not soon by any means, Port-au-Prince will be a new city, with jobs and opportunities. The people who sing in the street every night to comfort each other and to give an outlet to their grief will one day be singing from joy.
I’m leaving for Santa Domingo tomorrow, so I won’t see the next steps in the earthquake relief programme. In some ways I’m relieved. I’ve been working 14 straight days without a break and just need to stop now. But in other ways, despite the difficulties and absolute horror out there on the streets every day, I’ve started to feel a bond with the Port-au-Prince and the brave Haitians. I have to go now, but one day I hope to come back to a different Haiti.