Georg Willeit was deployed in Haiti for four weeks. He arrived a week after the earthquake in the SOS Children's Village in Santo near Port-au-Prince and supported and contributed to the emergency aid in the extremely difficult and distressing early stages. Now he is taking his leave, with "unimaginably sad images in [his] head, but also some very positive ones."
The time has passed quickly, but when you look back on it, much has happened. In everyday life, day by day, it all seems to go too slowly. But as a whole, in retrospect, it's really quite considerable. Not only for us in the SOS Children's Village and through our work, but also step by step in the city, even if they have only just managed to complete the first hundred metres of a marathon.
The work in the poorest districts of the city has quadrupled - instead of 16 community centres, 66 are already in operation. This currently enables us to provide over 9,000 children with food every day. And many more centres like these are to come.
SOS Children's Villages is an important partner in international cooperation, especially in connection with the issue of child protection and the situation for unaccompanied children in this country. And therefore SOS Children's Villages is already involved, through active participation in the relevant UN working groups, in the planning of the rebuilding of Haiti.
In everyday life it's hard to get a look at, as they say, the 'big picture'. There's the pressure of the big emergency, there's the daily grind, the actual doing itself. And there's still so very much to do. That's why I'm relying on the long-term support of our donors and sponsors, because the people here need help! They need it even when things seem to be going too slowly to people on the outside, or when there are a few setbacks.