Scanlan says education key to Haiti recovery
Miss America 2011 says while donations are still needed to assist the people in Haiti, changing their culture is the most important aspect of improving their impoverished lives. Gering native Teresa Scanlan recently worked for a week at an orphanage in Haiti, and plans a return visit.
Scanlan told KNEB News improved education will be the vital component of any real change in the poorest country in the world, especially in regards to agriculture. Scanlan says the humanitarian aid is nice but the people of Haiti need to learn skills that will allow them to be independent and sustain themselves.
Scanlan says a long term commitment needs to be made toward educating the young people, including the orphanages. Scanlan says the capital of Port Au Prince is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake and improvements in the infrastructure are needed before real recovery can occur.
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