January 15, 2010

Amid devastation, play still important in Haiti

Every time I turn on the radio or the television this week, I'm struck by the absolute devastation caused by the 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti Tuesday.

But there's hope in the midst of the horror. Even as homes and businesses crumble, there are the tales of survival, of communities banding together during their time of need...and they haven't forgotten the importance of play, according to a segment on the Today Show and a story on MSNBC.

“The amount of damage that is done is absolutely catastrophic,” Laurie Bickel, one of the administrators of God’s Littlest Angels Orphanage, said. “People are just sitting in parks. They’re scared to go home or their homes have been destroyed.”

And yet, she said, many people continue to attempt to take what joy life still offers them.

“You get to the playground areas and the kids are just playing. They’re enjoying today; they’re enjoying that moment, and that’s how the Haitian people are,” Bickel said. “In the face of all of this, they’ve been singing and just praising God that they survived, and they are here and they will get through this.”

Read the full article: Amid Haiti horror, stories of survival and hope (MSNBC).

It was so heartening to read this. I hope those kids will be OK after surviving such an awful experience...as long as they keep playing, I'm sure they will be.

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