Five years after quake, Haiti makes slow but noticeable progress – Catholic Philly

Even the Vatican is paying attention. The Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, and the Haitian bishops scheduled a Jan. 10 conference to revive interest and commitment to reconstruction. Participants will include Catholic and international agencies, as well as representatives from embassies to the Holy See.“Is Haiti getting better?” asked Darren Hercyk, country director for Catholic Relief Services. “I can say yes, but it really depends on how people measure that.”Hercyk, who has been in Haiti for two-and-a-half years, cites new housing, an enhanced police presence, improved roads and better access to health care as signs that Haiti is overcoming the challenges that have plagued its 210-year history. For that, he credits the Haitians working through numerous international partnerships.“Haitians are not just at the center of these projects, but they are leading these projects,” he said. via – Catholic Philly


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