One positive note to emerge from the earthquake was increased adoptions in Haiti. In September of last year Haiti announced the re-opening of its adoption program. The change in policy and procedure will allow the country to strengthen its adoption relationship with the U.S. and help to police the regulation of orphanages and homes where children will be placed.

For the youngsters who remain in Haiti, the importance of education is being stressed, while schools have been under construction, and roads are (slowly but surely) being repaired.

The Holy Trinity Music School—Haiti’s oldest and largest music school—is using the arts to lift spirits. “I think people recognized the fact that music can help their children keep going in the right direction,” said Janet Anthony, music professor at Lawrence University. Anthony has been teaching in Haiti since 1996. “There are more and more music schools springing up every day.”

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