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Rebuilding Haiti

Relief agencies urge restoration that lets Haitians lead

"I only know one thing – our hope has not died, it is not buried in that rubble."

Tara Livesay, a missionary in Haiti ended yesterday's post – stories of kindness, stories of goodness, stories of thankfulness and humor – with those words.

The reports of violence – we don't get those. Have not seen it. Have not experienced it. Nothing even remotely close. People are helping each other and are warm and kind and humble. People are seeking each other out and checking to see how friends/acquaintances are recovering.

This is the Haiti many relief organizations know exist. This is the Haiti they have every intention of helping rebuild. And that, says Ron Flaming of Mennonite Central Committee, is where rebuilding gets tricky.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has worked with churches in Haiti for more than 50 years. Their response, like many relief and development agencies, will include short-term relief plus recovery efforts over the medium- and long-term.

"We're looking carefully at how we can ...

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