Just a bit of background——————–
This blog begins in January of 2009, when my partner Sara was planning to resume her work in disaster response with an international housing NGO. Initially, we expected to live in Bangkok, but plans changed, and we ended up in Vietnam, first Saigon and then Hanoi.
On January 12, 2010, as we watched news coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, I knew Sara (who directed the same NGO’s response to the 2004 tsunami) would be asked to work there soon. And, indeed, she was on site in Port-a-Prince in less than two weeks. I followed in June, after teaching a service-oriented writing course in India.
After some months of silence, the blog picks up again in November 2010 from Port-au-Prince. However, you may want to begin reading from the beginning of 2009. The story is compelling!
Note: As of March 2011, our year in Haiti has ended, and I am back home in the US for my partner’s sabbatical. Before we head back overseas on Sara’s next assignment, I am working on a memoir about growing up in an organized crime family and my later recovery from bipolar disorder (both event horizons in their own right)–a long-term project I will continue, even from our next international location.