I asked Gregg to send me a blurb with some photos about what he is experiencing in Haiti. Here is Gregg – in his own words…
I have seen lots of poverty…from the Philippines to South Africa to India. However, I have to say that the poverty here in Haiti is by far the worse.
Usually I have seen pockets of slums crammed between areas of great wealth…however, everywhere you look, you see poverty. Haiti has long been the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Add to that a powerful earthquake a year and a half ago and you have a recipe for disaster.
So many of the buildings in the Port-au-Prince area and out lying areas like here in Leogane were heavily damaged or destroyed forcing much of the population to live in tents until new houses can be built.
With such poverty compounded by the effects of the earthquake, violence and crime is always a potential. As such, both the campsite and worksite are fenced in and well protected by armed guards around the clock.
Needless to say, this is by far the most challenging Carter Work Project that I have covered. It is certainly a great cause, but I will be happy to get back home.