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Disasters happen, they differ — the next step in Haiti is important | Opinion


August 14, 2021, in Les Cayes reminded us of January 12, 2010 in Port-au-Prince. Though 12 years of mobile phone improvements enabled us to see photos of the earthquake from friends immediately, not days later.

The pain and suffering had not changed — it was still untenable. But aspects of the second disaster were handled differently.

Generosity should know no bounds — it should know effectiveness.

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded “Yonn Ede Lot” (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that worked with volunteer groups in La Montagne (“Lamontay”), Haiti from 2007-2013. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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