Global Atlanta saw Haiti's presidential palace just weeks before it was razed.

Haiti has the ignominious reputation of being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

Government officials believe this distinction short-changes their homeland, which they say boasts opportunity beneath the rubble, some of which remains piled up in the capital city of Port-au-Prince nearly three years after the earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010. 

Atlanta, on the other hand, relishes its role as a center for global health, human rights and humanitarianism. 

Global Atlanta traveled to Haiti to examine how these two reputations intersect, using the work of Atlanta-based nongovernmental organizations as a lens. 

We went with a lot of questions: How are people recovering, mentally and physically, from the catastrophic earthquake? Are there really investment opportunities, or does corruption and faulty infrastructure keep them out of reach? Can there really be too many charities operating in one place, and how are they avoiding duplication? 

We came back with arguably more questions than answers, but certainly with a sense of fascination with a country that we hope to follow well into the future. A snapshot of our reporting will be published in our upcoming Haiti special report.

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As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...