Dr. Theodore Guy is a former US Air Force Surgeon of Haitian American descent. Over the last 20 years since leaving the Air Force he has lived in the remote Haitian mountain town of Pignon, where he was born and raised. Once back in Haiti, he first started a hospital now considered one of the best in the entire country, and then a reforestation project, and a micro-finance project for women, and then, nine or ten schools. Education is not free in Haiti, which is why so many children here don’t goto school at all. Dr. Guy’s schools are free for everyone.
For years Dr. Guy stayed out of politics, in hopes that the powers that be in Haiti would leave him alone to conduct his humanitarian projects. In the meantime he became a hero to the poor in the northern part of the country, quietly developing into a political force to be dealt with. Before the earthquake he began campaigning for the Presidency. We profiled him in November for the New York Times, and now we are returning to see how he is doing since the earthquake. In Pignon, a three-hour drive over disastrous roads from Port-au-Prince, we found Dr. Guy in his white lab coat, attending to dozens of earthquake victims that he had helped airlift into Pignon following the disaster.