The county I chose to research was Haiti. I chose this country for personal reasons, as my husband, brother-in-law, and father all went down to Haiti one year ago in December to help a Christian children’s camp with Hurricane Matthew relief work. My husband and I would like to return to Haiti within the next year to help with the operations of this camp. In looking this website over, I noticed via this website that many Haitians constantly struggle to combat cholera and water-borne diseases. “These diseases disproportionately affect children. [Hurricane Matthew] also caused substantial loss and disruption to public health systems that were already fragile” (UNICEF Haiti, 2017).
I also learned that UNICEF has had a strong presence in Haiti since Hurricane Matthew stuck and over the course of the last year. This organization has provided clean drinking water to over 550,000 people, reconstructed 120 schools, “more than 28,000 children benefited from psychosocial care, assistance and nutrition, health and hygiene education,” and more than 160,000 have been screened for malnutrition (UNICEF, Haiti, 2017). UNICEF’s primary concern of ensuring that people have clean drinking water was one shared by my husband, brother-in-law, and father during their trip to Haiti. The camp they provided relief work for offers a clean, fresh water spigot for the village.
Lastly, I was reminded in researching this website how blessed I truly am. Haitians not only struggle to find clean drinking water and combat rampant disease, their infant, child, and adolescent mortality rate is significant, and crime is high. This served as a personal reminder for me to be thankful for everything I have, but also for the things I don’t have to worry about.