I’ll ask you to imagine for a minute—
Imagine living in a camp in Port-au-Prince, camps where more than 630 thousand live in tents.
Imagine living in a tent—not even a tent—a make shift shelter of tarps—tent-like, at best.
Imagine living in a tent with seven children. A tent that leaks when it rains at night.
Imagine trying to keep your children dry, their crying late into the evening, drumming in the distance, the damp, the wet.
Imagine living with a mud floor, a mud floor made muddier by the rain.
Imagine trying to feed your family—preparing meals over an open fire—a pot set atop three rocks, stacked in the center of a pit.
Imagine a rainy season—months on end when it rains, day after day. Imagine it raining with rage, with pounding, pouring fury—not buckets full, but raging rivers of rain, beating the earth into rivers of mud—thick, can’t-get-it-off-of-you mud—mean mud, mad mud, mud that makes you stand up and take notice or sink down into it and drown—a quick sand, a sucking sound, trying to pick your bare feet up out of it.
Imagine having no toilet. No running water.
Imagine having to carry heavy buckets of water to cook with, clean with, wipe away a bit of the grit and grime with.
Imagine having babies and no diapers. No disposable ones for sure. Not more than rags to wrap around your baby’s bottom. Imagine no washing machine to clean those dirty diapers—having to carry enough water for washing them—laundry for seven done in a tin basin—hung to dry on tree limbs in the open air.
Imagine living like that.
What can bloggers do to make a difference?
How can we make one life less miserable? Fewer tents? Less mud?
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