I recently read the article “Building Bonds of Hope” in the October 28 edition of the Review and was left feeling frustrated.
The first paragraph was dedicated to telling your readers what essentially is a “backwards” country.
Very rarely do articles regarding people visiting less developed countries start out with the positives of what exists in those communities. They need to start talking about what is working well in those communities.
When an article starts referring to the “rampant dust, mud, excrement and antiquated living conditions,” I feel it negatively impacts on the dignity and pride of the people living in Haiti.
Articles such as this must focus on the spirituality and offerings that we can learn from the people we visit. They are rebuilding their lives from a devastating natural disaster – that doesn’t make them helpless or necessarily needy. I appreciate people from our community wanting to help.
My concern is how this article perpetuates an “us/them” mentality as it focuses on what the community they visited doesn’t have.
I hope future articles about these types of visits start to focus on what we learn from others and to continually promote the dignity of everyone.