Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Last night at my writer's group, I was dazzled (not too strong a word!) by my friend Kate Tirion's announcement of the ambitious (not strong enough word!) project she has taken on with another woman. It is world-changing. I cannot possibly due it justice here but it has been on my mind ever since. They have conceived a plan that will help bring Haiti back from the total devestation of the earthquake disaster by building sustainable and perpetually renewable systems and community-centered villages, anchored by a living environment that will encourage responsible growth, entrepreneurship and healthy practices by the Haitian people. It is both beautifully simple and tremendously complex, and it will be a challenge to their immense creativity to deal with governmental bureaucracies and other interested entitities. However it turns out, the wheels have been set in motion to generate positive energy around a country whose traumatized people have all but given up hope to ever live even a modestly healthy existence. And it has implications for any country or area who has suffered natural (or manmade) disasters and needs to 'start from scratch'. I don't know what the outcome will be, but I am filled with admiration for these women and their determination to create change, to meet needs and to believe that it is all possible. My suggestion to the governmental agencies and consulting firms they will have to deal with:  don't mess with these formidable women...they are on a mission!

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