My favorite comment on this photo gallery was from my friend Curtis:

“Wow, I’m really impressed by that guy’s mp3 player…he’s like a Haitian MacGyver.”

As funny as that is to imagine, it’s really true!  The ingenuity and creativity I’ve seen among Haitians really is impressive.

Toys made out of trash, homes made out of scrap metal, a working model helicopter made out of an old soup can… The Haitians that I’ve met do not merely accept their lot in life with an air of resignation. They fight to retain their dignity.

Ingenious Bebeto with his hand-made toy helicopter.

When I put this photo gallery together, all of these resourceful people were running through my head.  I realized, maybe for the first time, that the best hope for Haiti is not international aid.  It’s not clever new initiatives.  The best hope for Haiti is its strong-willed and creative people.

Although we may often lose hope, they will always be ready to fight another day!

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Linda said... 


    February 12th, 2011 at 11:17 am  

    It really goes to show that we don’t need even half of what we think we need.

  2. Dave Rod said... 


    February 12th, 2011 at 1:15 pm  

    Maybe Ingenious Bebeto will be the next Wael Ghonim and change a nation!

  3. Dave Rod said... 


    February 12th, 2011 at 1:16 pm  

    Guess I gave him a new first name. It fits!

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