Haiti has seen so much struggle and isolation [and]
it has also given the world a lot of greatness.
Edwidge Danticat, a Haitian who has lived in the United States since age 12, is the author of Breath, Eyes, Memory (her first novel); The Farming of Bones, Krik? Krak!, The Dew Breaker, After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti, and Brother, I'm Dying. Recipient of a MacArthur "Genius Grant", Danticat also is the editor of The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States.
Listen, as Danticat so eloquently speaks of what Haiti has contributed to world culture. Although given when Haiti was experiencing the misery of an earlier natural disaster, Danticat's talk serves equally well now to remind us why Haiti deserves our support today and in the months to come.
You might also enjoy "Earthquake in Haiti: A Reading (and Listening) List by Edwidge Danticat".
Yesterday, I posted a poem, "Haiti, 4:53 p.m.", and a list of relief aid agencies collecting donations for Haiti. Another agency accepting donations is the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund.
Other ways to provide help are listed here.
Art Works for Haiti is here.