recently returnedfrom a visit to Haiti. Here'swhat she had to say duringher trip: As I wrap up a five day visitto L'Athletique d'Haiti, theChildren's CultureConnection-supportedNGO that serves Haitianchildren in need, I realizethat I need to get thisexperience written down assoon as possible…partly infear that I may convincemyself that it was all just adream. Although I always lookforward to my CCC tripsabroad to visit the kidsserved through ourprogram, I was nervouscoming here because Ireally only knew threethings about Haiti:1. It is a politically unstablecountry in the Caribbean.2. It is the poorest country in the western hemisphere.3. 80% of the people livebelow the poverty line.From what I have seen inonly five short days, there isno question that thosethings are true.I saw United Nationssoldiers patrollingneighborhoods on foot,driving the streets inheavily armored vehicles,and running randomcheck points on streetcorners.
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