HAITI: Still in Crisis, but no Longer in the News
Marieke van Woerkom's activity helps younger students consider how Haitians are faring now that the news media has largely moved on.
By Marieke van Woerkom
- Explore the needs of the people of Haiti after the January earthquake
- Learn about Maslow's "Pyramid of Needs"
- Read and discuss a blogpost from a relief worker in Haiti
- Become more media literate and savvy
- Exploring feelings connected to the Haitian crisis
- Exploring how feelings are connected to actions
- Today's agenda on chart paper or on the board
- Maslow's pyramid as handout, on chart paper or on the board
- Blogpost "Days of Remembrance" at SOIL website.
- Slideshow through SOIL website.
Ask students to think back to what happened in Haiti in January 2010. In pairs ask students to discuss for about a minute each some of the "basic needs" that Haitians are doing without because of the earthquake. Explain that a "basic need" is something we as humans need to survive. After a few minutes ask volunteers to share and chart the answers. Students may come up with such things as food, water, shelter, safety, etc.
Media Coverage of the Earthquake & Its Aftermath
- How they first found out about the earthquake in Haiti? (Students are likely to have found out through the media, except maybe for some Haitian students.)
- When the earthquake first happened, how much media coverage did the crisis receive? Why do your students think that is?
- A month after the quake, during what came to be known as the days of remembrance in Haiti, how much media coverage did the crisis receive? Why do your students think that is?
- This week, how much media coverage is the crisis receiving? Why do your students think that is?
- How did your students feel about the crisis in Haiti when it had just happened? How about during the days of remembrance a month later? How about now? Do students think how we feel affects how we act? Do students think the media can affect this?
- Do your students think Haitians have moved on?
- Do your students think the country has recovered?
- Do your students think the people's lives are back to normal?
- How do they think the people of Haiti feel?
Blogpost Read Aloud
Sasha's blog describes some of the work SOIL has been trying to do in Haiti. Where do you think the money comes from that helps SOIL do their work? Where does Sasha's strength come from to do the work?
Sasha lives in Haiti and knows many people there. Do you think Sasha is likely to "move on" from the disaster like much of the media has?
- What does Sasha's blogpost say about the resilience, strength and compassion of the people of Haiti?
Jounen Jèn ("Days of Remembrance"): Letters from Port au Prince
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