Most of us seem to know intuitively that resilience matters for post-disaster recovery, yet we also know that Haiti desperately needs the international community to create opportunity for advancement. In this essay, I try to answer two questions. First, what are some of the social sources of resilience? And second, how can the state and international organizations identify and acknowledge these sources of resilience, thus amplifying the positive effects of disaster relief and rebuilding efforts in Haiti?Read the rest of Disaster, religion, and resilience.
Margarita A. Mooney
Margarita A. Mooney is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Faculty Fellow of the Carolina Population Center. Her book, Faith Makes Us Live: Surviving and Thriving in the Haitian Diaspora, was published by the University of California Press in 2009. To see some of her other comments on the disaster in Haiti, visit her blog at www.margaritamooney.blogspot.com.