A Hopeful Solution for the Hunger in Haiti

Amanda Lopes Priosti, Author

Lake Nona High School (LNHS) is conducting a food drive to help Haiti overcome hunger. Students and staff members are encouraged to bring in canned items throughout the month of October that will go to Haitians in need.

Firstly, Lesly Saint Victor, a teacher at LNHS shared his experiences of Haiti. Saint Victor described how his family was a typical Haitian family by detailing that “we grew up with the same issues that children our age had around the world”, he continues by stating that “we weren’t rich, but we had a decent life”. Also, Saint Victor emphasizes that life in Haiti was surrounded by having fun, playing with friends and building lifelong friendships. Additionally, Saint Victor states that human suffering is universal and encourages others to donate at the food drive by affirming that the hunger in Haiti must be eliminated in order for them to focus on the other problems that they face. Furthermore, Saint Victor mentions that some of the challenges that Haiti faces are natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, but also political uncertainty. He thoroughly describes how hurricanes greatly impact Haiti by highlighting that “destructive hurricanes don’t allow time for rebuilding before another one is on the horizon”.Also, Saint Victor continues by expressing the resilient spirit of Haitians as the reason that they survived through these tragic times. Moreover, Saint Victor is optimistic about the Haiti’s future and thinks that the country can overcome all of their challenges because they have done it before in the past, such as abolishing slavery, fighting for political issues and liberating South American countries from their oppressors. Finally, Saint Victor believes that the solution to all of Haiti’s problems is unity by stating that “Haitians need to unite themselves as we have done before and see the nation and not our personal interest”.

In conclusion, the future of Haiti is in our hands, so it is important for us to help them overcome all of their challenges in order to make the world a better place. Martin Luther King Jr. once declared that “but I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars”. This meaningful quote perfectly describes the situation in Haiti because it illustrates that there is hope even in dark times. Although Haiti is encountering many challenges, there is still light at the end of the tunnel and they will eventually succeed and prosper.