No Poverty of Spirit

A couple of issues ago we ran the second of two stories by Sam Bleakley and John Callahan about surfing and travelling in Haiti. (‘Finding Traction in Southern Haiti’ in TSP 75 and ‘Haitian Fight Song’ in TSP 60). Haiti has never been known as a surfing mecca and it’s unlikely it ever will, but despite this, the stories were powerful, beautiful and full of the magic of this mysterious land. Since last week’s horrendous earthquake, Haiti hasn’t stopped needing help, and here we want to link you to sites that make that possible. But first, a word from Sam Bleakley:

“There is a wonderful Haitian proverb – ‘Kay koule twompe soley men li pa twombe lapli’ – ‘the leaky house can fool the sun, but it cannot fool the rain.’ The weather of places, their atmospheres, their pressures, will seep into your leaky psyche and inhabit your being. If you have ever been lucky enough to visit or know Haiti, you’ll understand the intense impact it can have. First you’ll feel the country’s history – born of the first successful slave rebellion — impress you and leave you reeling. Then you will sense every Haitians’ intense resolution and deep desire to make the most of life. But above all you will witness a wonderful celebration of carnival, colour, resourcefulness and style in the face of great adversity. There is no poverty of spirit here. Haiti is the most exhilarating and vibrant place I have ever been. But all that singing culture, happening art and old architecture has been shaken, traumatised and horrified in ways words uselessly convey. Haiti needs our help. She deserves every ounce of it. And if you can one day visit, to offer a little, just hang out, or even surf her unravelling empty waves, she’ll likely capture your heart, and make it beat like never before. There is another Haitian proverb I heard while I was out there – ‘Men anpil chay pa lou’ – ‘many hands make the load lighter.’”

This site has a ton of different ways you can help: http://www.google.com/relief/haitiearthquake/#utm_campaign=en&utm_source=en-ha-na-us-sk&utm_medium=ha&utm_term=haiti%20support

Photo by John Callahan/Tropicalpix

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