How to help, by Margaret.
I dated a guy (david, for long time blog readers) who worked for Homeland Security doing immigration law. Soon after we first started dating, he was assigned to Haiti for a month to help out with the office down there (processing immigration requests and so on). We exchanged emails pretty often, and he would tell me about parts of the city that no one was allowed to enter after dark, even with an escort (read: someone armed.). Then he would also tell me about after-work drinks in the swanky hotels.
A true two nations perspective.
This was written a few years ago, but I have found it to be one of the best articles on Haiti (or any country) that I've read. There is also the book Mountains Beyond Mountains, which talks about Dr. Paul Farmer's efforts to provide health care and education to the poor of Haiti (it has since expanded to other parts of the world).