Many times when first world country people think of Haiti we think of third world. But is it really third world? We quickly have images of poor people, of sick people, of a dying population, of a population of people who lack basic needs, and of sad, desperate people. For the most part, that is what the media shows us. After being in Haiti for 15 days. this is not what I saw. Yes, these people are poor. Poor in material things. Yes, some do not have basic needs, and yes, a lot of things can be better. There is always room for improvement in every country. But what I saw in these people was joy, happiness, and togetherness. The Haitian people are full of wealth...they are happy, they are clean, and they eat. What else do you need?
In the 15 days I was in Haiti, I have visited the best suburbs in Haiti, the countryside of the island, the villages, and the hood. I have walked and interacted with all sides, and all sides had something in common. They worked hard every day to provide for their loved ones, they all seemed genuinely happy and carefree, and they all made a way to make things work, even when it seemed impossible in my Americanized eyes.