A. H. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is often portrayed in the shape of a pyramid with the fundamental physiological needs at the bottom and the human need for self actualization at the top.

This Maslow quotation forms the basis of the perceived need for self-actualization;

“Even if all these needs are satisfied, we may still often (if not always) expect that a new discontent and restlessness will soon develop, unless the individual is doing what he is fitted for. A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately happy. What a man can be, he must be.”

This is, of course, a simple characterization of a complex psychological theory. It is the premise for this story about 69 year old Haitian widow and grandmother Immacula who is supporting her 44 year old mentally disabled son and three grandsons, including one who is an amputee.

Immacula’s dream is to buy a piece of land in Croix des Bouqet, Haiti, where she can build a small house and an adjoining restaurant. 

Update:  Immacula has found a piece of land with a small house already on it. The plan is to purchase the land and house within the next week and begin the project to open the restaurant.

Blog posts on our recent trip to Haiti here.