I think about scents a lot. I decided to make a list of the scents that make me the most happy:
I became friends with my colleagues and learned more about Haitian culture. I was constantly amazed by the similarities with the culture of Benin, where I spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. Benin is the birthplace of Voudoun religion, which has firmly taken root in Haiti and provides a concrete link between the two countries.
In 2008, I returned to Haiti and I was so grateful to see progress. I saw the construction of much-needed infrastructure- roads, bridges, wells, hospitals and schools. These improvements meant that more people had access to their basic human rights. There was still so much work that needed to be done. I returned to the U.S. determined to educate as many people as possible about the injustices I witnessed and the courageous people fighting for change in Haiti.
I am thinking of him and all of the other heroes I met in Haiti. Their country needs them now and I hope they are all there to pick up the pieces and start all over again.