Disaster and Recovery: The 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Watch this short video that offers images from and information about the recovery of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

In January 2010, a massive earthquake hit the Caribbean island of Haiti, causing unprecedented amount of damage and taking thousands of lives. Watch this video to learn more about the event and recovery efforts. 

Photos and videos courtesy of and copyright © by UMCOR/General Board of Global Ministries.

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All Is Not Lost

Poetic reflection on the hope one finds even after losing everything.

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After encountering the issues surrounding disaster, it is difficult to recognize the beauty or hope that exists in the aftermath of these devastating situations. Let this poem allow you to reflect on the hope that comes even after a person feels they have lost everything. 


© Claire K. McKeever-Burgett

She feels like the woman
  looking for her lost coin.

Panic-stricken, fearful,
  lost, herself, in a complex web
    of insecurity veiled in superior

She turns over tables,
  shatters lamps,
    throws pillows,
      upturns sugar jars,
        unmakes beds

searching, looking, with no
  path or plan, for the coin—
    that which she believes with
      all her might is lost.

Once the hurricane leaves its
  destructive disarray behind,
    she sits among remnants of a
      war-torn room, among a mess
        of things, still unable
          to find

what it is she’s looking for.

She stops – not of her own will –
  but because she literally cannot
    tear anything or anyone
      else to shreds.

She stops – among the piles of pain
       created in her frantic search –
    out of breath, heart beating fast.

She stops. She hears.

All is not lost.
All is not lost.
All is not lost.

Among the mountains and molehills,
  piles and gaping holes,
      sugar granules and broken glass,

She stops. She hears.

All is not lost.
Is it true?
Is it real?

She ponders these things
  in her heart, even when the coin
    is found – right there
      in plain sight

where she left it this morning.

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Putting It All Together: Journaling Act

Take a moment to process the encounter and reflection you’ve just experienced.

Before acting, it is important to think about what you want to do in response, why you want to do these things, and how you're going to do it.

Take a moment to gather your thoughts and feelings about the topic and write them in a journal. 

  • How would you summarize for yourself how your response to the subject disaster and human dignity has evolved or changed?
  • Where were you at the start?
  • Where were you after encountering the topic and reflecting on it?

Now, spend some time writing about where you will go from here. 

  • What else do you feel like you need in order to productively continue your experience?
  • How would you describe the path forward for you?
  • What, if anything, are you motivated to do in response?

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