There is good news coming out of Haiti. The Sean Penn story is a great story of personal power to bring change. Penn received an award from a group of Nobel Peace Prize laureates for his work in Haiti since the earthquake of 2010. Penn has spent more time in Haiti than he has in his home in Malibu Beach, Calif.
Boca Grande’s Hope for Haiti has raised more then $300,000 since the earthquake for Haiti projects. The project includes 40 two-room homes with personal sanitation units, kitchenettes, a solar-powered lantern for each family, a common community center, 80 goats, 200 fruit trees and a water filtration unit.
The National Baptist Convention USA Inc. has completed 400 homes for people that were in tents. The homes have cement foundations that help keep the homes sound during the rainy season.
A small group led by a radio talk show host and author has spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on an orphanage that could have closed after the earthquake. Today it is the home of some happy little ones and it has created good-paying jobs for Haitians working there.
Venezuela and Argentina donated equipment for farming that will empower the people of Haiti for years to come.
My work there with the good people of the Haiti Mission Alliance has been able to do great things in a shorter period of time. The building program for schools and churches has enabled us to do more in two years then in the pervious six years.
But there is a danger that all of this good news will soon end if things continue to come to light and upset the people to a point of revolt.
Michael Deibert, a highly-published author and writer for major publications, has called for the ICC to prosecute Jean-Bertrand Aristide for war crimes and he backs his call with his personal observations in 2004. He also would like for the Haitian government to prosecute Jean-Claude Duvalier. These men were ousted by the people, but have returned since the earthquake.
The present government is being accused of taking money from Leon Felix Bautista of the Dominican Republic. Over $2.5 million supposedly went to President Michel Martelly and Mirlande Manigat got $250,000 from Bautista, who gets many no-bid contracts.
If these things hit the news, there will be only bad news in the future.