It has been a busy month for Haiti. The Donors Conference turned out reasonably well. At the Summit of the Americas meeting, members of the Organisation of American States (OAS) expressed their willingness to offer long-term support to Haiti. OAS Secretary General José Miguel welcomed the focus on Haiti, noted that the Haitian government drafted a plan on how the international community can help. As he put it, 'Now you know exactly what you have to support…I think things are really going to begin to happen for Haiti.'' We hope so as well.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, a time to reflect and be appreciative. In the United States, the economy is weak and many Americans have lost their jobs and/or their homes. While many of us will know frustration and disappointment, few will truly experience hunger. For this I am thankful. However, let us not forget that there are many families in Haiti and elsewhere struggling to feed themselves. Even during the hard times, we can make a difference with the most modest contributions of time or money.