January 12

January 12, 2010

January 12, 2010 at 4:53 PM

A Banker finishing up his work day.

A Tweet comes across Twitter – @latimes 7.5 EQ hits Port Au Prince Haiti

A FB Conversation with a volunteer while caring for 90 babies on the driveway in Haiti because they don’t trust the orphanage building.

A Twitter conversation with Ann Curry that led to an interview between the orphanage director and Matt Lauer of the Today Show the next morning.

A 3:00 AM fundraising conference call.

Wondering about the toll of the disaster.

How many people died?  How many more were injured and will not survive?

The ramifications were impossible to fathom.

Mass evacuations.  Urgent phone calls and night time flights. 

Phone calls, lots of phone calls.  Anger, frustration, helplessness, fear, anxiety, surprise, excitement.

Tears, generosity, questions, donations.  

Families torn apart.   Families united.

And I wasn’t even in Haiti – but my wife was.

January 12

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January 12, 2016 10:45 PM

Gratitude for the healing that so many have experienced.

Sadness for those who have lost and still struggle and grieve those losses.

Realization that the losses weren’t only the original physical losses.

And not only for people in Haiti.

Trauma, PTSD, decisions, choices, changes.

A world forever altered.

Pieces coming together.  Some forever changed.

Ripple effects

We still remember.

Haiti struggles to build again.

But it builds again.

Haiti, it’s people, my people, my friends.  

We will never forget.

TJV