Nancy Young is an independent writer and editor who works with nonprofit groups who work in and for Haiti, primarily in the Cite Soleil section of Port-au-Prince and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. Previously she was an editor and reporter at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, VA.
A new report by Refugees International has found that two months after the hurricane hit, the emergency response by both federal and Puerto Rico officials remains largely rudderless, leaving many in unsafe conditions and unable to access help, even when the help is nominally there.
It would appear that “adopting” poor families is not a good model of holiday giving. Increasingly, nonprofits are challenging dismissive assumptions embedded in the toy distribution scenes we have so taken for granted.
For a paper of record like the New York Times to humanize the oft-lamented disconnected youth and emphasize the value of treating them with respect is significant. To put the onus of reengaging these youths on the society that left them behind, rather than on their overburdened backs, marks a significant shift (or at least a helpful push) in the right direction, and we’re pleased to see it.