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Long before the disastrous 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, the Caribbean Island ‘s population was battling a devastating health epidemic. For decades, the people of Haiti have fallen victim to often lethal diseases and infections: HIV/AIDS, malaria, meningitis, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, and cholera— just to name a few.

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By Ginny W., Age 16

Not long ago I was a carefree high school freshmen, worrying if I would be ok in high school. The day before Katrina seemed like any other, except my mom had such sadness I won't ever forget it. It had started like any other hurricane prep day. We put the large plywood board over the window, and headed to my aunt's house in Baton Rouge. We threw a few changes of clothes and some flashlights and water in the car. The usual 1 hour drive took 6.

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