Posted: Jul 12, 2010 6:02 PM by John Romero
Updated: Jul 12, 2010 7:54 PM
Six months after a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti, there's still a lot of work to be done. "People think the worst is over in Haiti, but it's really not." explains Katherine Redmond of Colorado Springs bases Compassion International. The already poor country is struggling to get back on its feet after the disaster. "Basically Haiti is still just a lot of rubble." she says.
Compassion International is one of the organizations working to restore the torn country. While immediate emergency needs such as food and water are still a harsh reality, the toughest part of rebuilding lies in a lack of any real commerce. "You've got businesses that aren't going. You've got your basic markets where people would normally trade goods that are not running." says Redmond, "How do you make money? How do you get an economy back?"
Compassion and others hope donations of time and technical aid can push that process forward. "They (Haitians) need businesses that have experience in water. Businesses that have experience in water or medical issues. Businesses that have experience in infrastructure issues. That's where everything is needed, those types of expertise." says Redmond. Though every day brings new hope, Redmond knows they're in it for the long haul. "This is going to be a decade's long intervention."