Having never recovered from the earthquake in 2010, the infrastructure of Haiti was not ready for the hurricane that hit last week. In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, one week after the disaster has struck Haiti, the death toll has reached over 1000 dead. Yet our facebook newsfeeds remain silent. Haiti was not deemed worthy of a facebook flag profile picture, or floods of hashtags or prayers, nor is it trending on twitter. Rather, the destruction caused by hurricane Matthew on the small island nation was swept under the rug in favour of exploding samsungs and viral dance videos. Among the few who took notice of the ruin caused by the earthquake, however, is The Edeyo Foundation.
Started in 2007 by Unik Ernest and Michael Pradieu, two Haitian natives, The Edeyo Foundation has been built on the importance of education. Starting with one singular school, in Bel Air, Michael and Unik envisioned a future for Haiti that was grounded in education.They believe that in order to improve and rebuild the Haitian nation, it starts with educating their own people so that they may build better infrastructure, have better a healthcare system and cease the water crisis that plagues millions. After meeting the pair at Hofstra, along with one of their board members, Simon Doubleday, Chair of the Hofstra University History Department, it is safe to say that the core values of the foundation truly go hand in hand with those of CCE. From sustainability to community engagement, Edeyo is not just seeking your help on a short-term, quick reward basis, Edeyo looks to free Haiti from the aid cycle that it is constantly stuck in.
Based only a hop skip and a jump away from Hofstra in Manhattan, there is so much that we can do to aid not only in bringing awareness to the Haitian crisis, but also to aid the people in Haiti whose communities have been almost completely wiped out. In such a technological world, there are so many opportunities available to help the organization and the people of Haiti without ever having to leave your room. Whether you able to donate, volunteer or simply spread awareness, every little bit counts. As John Bunyan once said, ‘You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
Artwork by: Elchicotriste