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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Shaq Reminds Us to Not Forget Haiti

It has been four months since the devastating earthquake shook Haiti, and things are still dire there. Actually, in many ways they were dire before the earthquake.

NBA superstar and current Cleveland Cavalier, Shaquille O'Neal, is recognizing the need to not only try to address the still current crisis, but to put pieces in place to help Haiti overcome years of unaccountability by its government. He is directing his O'Positive foundation to face the "emergency" facing Haiti's children; in his own way recognizing that true change can only come from the culture and perhaps will be a function of attrition:
We must treat these children like children. They need music and arts and sports. They need trained teachers who can educate and protect them during the school day. They need to have safe places to play. They need access to computer labs, technology and modern education tools.
I decided this is what I would focus on. How could I lead in contributing for immediate needs -- but also for those that linger? A bed to sleep in and a roof over their heads. Schools. Computers. Teachers. Books. Soccer fields. Basketball courts. Parks. That is it.
Hats off and godspeed.

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