The back side of the residence of the Catholic bishop is damaged after an earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Delot Jean)The Associated Press

By Paul Prudent, Jr.

As Haiti officially begins the recovery phase of the Aug. 14 earthquake, its government institutions, local organizations and the diaspora must work together to help Haiti rebuild and become less dependent on foreign aid. Several grassroots leaders called for the collaboration focus during an Aug. 15 virtual forum about the earthquake response and road ahead organized by the Haitian Times.

“With our experience from 2010, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, we know we can’t behave the same way anymore,” said Jean Pierre-Louis, founder and CEO of Capracare, a Les Cayes-based health care and education non-profit. “We have to have across-the-board collaboration and it has to involve every single person.”  

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