An Interview with Laura Blank of World Vision
August 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
Below is an interview I did for Reject Apathy with Laura Blank, a World Vision staff member working in Haiti. She and I talked about what’s worked in Haiti, what hasn’t and what is needed for sustainable change.
HOW DOES WORLD VISION APPROACH LONG-TERM REHABILITATION?
What will go into that discussion are more long-term—how do we improve the community to make it more stable? So that is things like livelihood, and security, and education and health care, kind of those soft targets, not providing food and water and shelter, the basic needs, but what overall will make a community more stable? How do we bring in jobs, how do we make sure health care is affordable for people, how can children go to school, do they have a place to go to school? But I think one of the things that’s been part of the ongoing discussion right now is this idea of building up civil groups, advocating for Haitian leadership at the local level, at the national level, to really empower them to take the lead on creating that vision for what they want Haiti to look like long-term, and then for us to be able to walk alongside them with the resources and the expertise we have to say, “This is your vision, this is what we can do to help you, let’s work together.”