I am volunteering at one of the first centers that opened to receive all donations for the devastated country of Haiti. Today I am writing this as I wait to inventory the medicine that is donated. I don’t want to judge my fellow Dominicans because the earthquake only happened last night and right now is only five twenty so people are still at work, hopefully the slow response is due to the workday.
The anti-Haitian sentiment that has permeated this country for so long is quiet, no one is bashing our neighbors today but unfortunately not many are helping either. Let’s hope that before my shift ends I can see the goodness of my fellow Dominican.
Its six fifteen and so far only a German man has come in, he thankfully donated 60 packs of 60 bags of water. Right now an American woman who came to volunteer has gotten the center to set up a PayPal account so that more people outside of the Island of Hispaniola can donate easier
Its six forty five, nothing has come in. I really hope is because there are so many open places where people are going to drop their donations that they don’t make it here. I feel like crying. There is Haitian-Dominican coming into the center to hear any new news, it’s sad to see them coming in but not many people are coming to donate.
Seven pm Price Smart called they will donate 3 containers with non perishable foods; the donation is valued at six million pesos. A local pharmacy Etnopharma came in and left five boxes full of medicine and medical supplies!!! My heart is getting lighter. I’m going to be optimistic and say that before I leave a lot more donations will be coming in.
Yay we just got another big donation from a transport company. Three more containers of food. Its seven forty six pm.
Its eight ten right now, we are starting the process of closing down the center and maybe
I’m to much of an idealist but I was expecting a better response, maybe it’s the fact that I’m one place and I’m not really aware of the rest of the places where people are going to donate and everywhere else is packed with donations I really hope.
I’m so sad, is so hard to believe that everyone isn’t as heartbroken as I feel, that everyone isn’t interested in making a difference as small as it might be for the people of Haiti.
I can’t help but think of Edma, an employee I use to have when I opened my restaurant in Bavaro. He was my best employee, helpful, eager to learn, polite and today I kept thinking of him and what he must be going through right now. The anguish of not knowing if their families are alive, the impotence of being so far away and not be able to help his own people. He is the reason I am here today. I am so grateful to him for all the great work he did for me once that the least I can do today is lend a hand in the effort to help the people of Haiti.
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P.S this was posted on January 13, It had to be reposted today due to some style errors. I did not skip a day :p