Natural Disasters in Haiti: Two Centuries of Catastrophe Amilion Kelly

Parades in Haiti

The Booming Culture Site

The Caribbean is one of the biggest culture regions in the world. The islands that make up this delightful place consists of The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Cuba, Jamaica, The Bahamas, and Haiti. Haiti is a small island with a unique culture. The country is a huge historical site also. Lets take a look into the booming culture Haiti has.

A place of cultural background, groundbreaking history, traditional lifestyles, and bright colors. Haiti is located in the Caribbean, a tourist attraction due to the multiple country's’ unique culture. The Haitian culture is very exotic and colorful. The culture is a combination of African and French culture. Throughout the small island you can find the beauty of this country’s rich culture. It starts with the natives who are very welcoming people. Americans, throughout history, have depicted the Haitian people as violent and rogue people. In all reality, the people of Haiti are positive, hard working people who are very loving. Haitian history speaks on wonderful stories and adventures. Haiti was the first and only black country in the western hemisphere to successfully gain independence from a rebellion of the enslaved people. The country is rich in minerals, containing about $20B in gold, silver, and copper; within, their northern hills. Haiti also holds some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. They also have amazing artistry work there; music, art, dance, etc. Plus, the food is “kokenn” (fantastic). A place of cultural background, groundbreaking history, traditional lifestyles, and bright colors. The small island, even in a state of turmoil, has beauty.

2010 Earthquake


Natural Disasters are known for causing problems within countries all over the world. Due to Haiti’s location, the island is susceptible to these catastrophes. Haiti sits on top of a tectonic plate, close to the equator, surrounded by water. The effects of these natural disasters are usually the problem. In a developed country such as the US, the aftermath would not be as bad as that of Haiti. Not only are the disasters very powerful but Haiti has a poor infrastructure which comes to show when disasters strikes. Starting in 1770, natural disasters have shaken the small island into turmoil. The average household income is approximately $305. Here in the US, people make that within a week. Then again, the US is not the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Constantly being attacked by these wild earthquakes and tropical storms makes it harder for the country to recover. Due to the high frequency of impoverished people, many lose their homes in these catastrophes. After the revolution against France, Haiti won their independence. They owed France compensation after the war and if they did not pay, countries like the US were not going to acknowledge Haiti. They feared that it may cause a rebellion for american slaves. Old leaders-the Duvaliers-destroyed the economy making it hard to start over and rebuild the infrastructure. Their economy is based on farming which has not gone so well because of deforestation, soil erosion, and natural disasters. Money has been donated multiple times to help this country but because of the corrupt government, the people of Haiti see none of these donations. With poor infrastructure, corrupted government, high magnitude earthquakes, damaging hurricanes and pollution some might agree.

Red Cross Aid in Haiti


One idea I had for the country’s possible recovery was rebuilding/remodeling. The houses and buildings in Haiti are in great need in being rebuilt. The project will be called “The Haitian Recovery Project.” The plan is to build and reconstruct 200 houses every 3 months. Yes, this is a lot but we are expecting more than 1,000,000 workers and volunteers for the project. Also, other previous built houses will be torn down and the new houses will be built in replacement. The previous homeowners will be taken care of by Red Cross volunteers. They will be put into shelters where they are taken care of while the houses are being built. Monthly donations of necessities for the Haitian people will be made to keep the Haitians taken care of. Some of the land will be cleared of pollution with the help of volunteers. “The Haitian Recovery Project” will help thousands of people and families. By providing the people with a sustainable home will bring them much joy. It will bring many people the necessary help they’ve needed to get back on their feet. There will still be many people that also need help but the project is only a start to the much needed recovery for Haiti.

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