On Saturday, August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the south of Haiti, killing nearly 2,000, injuring thousands more, and destroying homes, schools, and businesses.
This kind of disaster would be devastating anywhere, but Haitians especially can’t seem to catch a break. The long-lasting effects of centuries of slavery, as well as decades of political unrest, brutal dictatorships, and other natural disasters like the catastrophic earthquake in 2010 have left Haiti the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere. The recent assassination of their President has left the situation in Haiti even more unsettled with general unrest and uncertain infrastructure throughout the nation.
Having been to Haiti twice, I can tell you that my friends in Haiti are some of the most vibrant, passionate, and resilient people I’ve ever met. And you can bet that they will keep pressing on, rebuilding, and making things beautiful in their home country. If you're looking to link arms and help, we’ve put together a few ways you can do that.