Our view: Haiti still needs our help

DKS Editors

It’s sad to say, but most of us have forgotten about the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti in January.

It happened so unexpectedly and we reacted so quickly that after a few months, our country figured it had done all it could.

Celebrities collaborated on charity concerts and phone-a-thons, and average citizens volunteered their time and made the trip to Haiti to help in any way possible.

Schools around the country even leapt into action, raising money and gathering donations to send.

But that went only so far. With most of what happens outside the border of the U.S., Americans quickly fell back into the daily routines of their own lives, thinking the help they gave was enough.

It’s been only nine months since the earthquake demolished Haiti and very few people are still volunteering and helping.

So it was nice to hear about the tractor that Kent State United for Disaster Relief is raising money to donate to the Institution Univers school and medical center in Ouanaminthe, Haiti.

It’s a little melodramatic and cliché to say, but it’s a breath of fresh air to know our university is still working to help Haiti, but we’re proud to be a part of one that does.

The effects of that Jan. 12 earthquake didn’t diminish after a few months of global help. Haiti is still struggling and will continue to struggle to get back on its feet.

We need to recognize that and help where we can, even with just a tractor. We have to start somewhere.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.