Katie Couric's Notebook: Haiti

I was standing on a pile of rubble that was once a Citibank. Behind me, people were sifting through pulverized concrete, looking for any sign of life from loved ones trapped inside. Then, a sound came from a camp below us. Children were singing.

Our driver, Sebastian, told us they were praising God, happy to be alive.

Six months ago a devastating earthquake claimed as many as 300,000 lives, and destroyed 60 percent of Port-au-Prince.

On this sad anniversary, more than a million Haitians are still homeless...sleeping under plastic tarps and eating rations from relief groups when they can get them. Recovery has been slow, and billions of dollars of aid remains mired in bureaucracy.

Former Haitian ruler Jean-Claude Duvalier once said it's the destiny of the people of Haiti to suffer. But no human being was born to live like this.

In January, mere survival was worthy of praise. Today, Haitians need more than that to rise again from the ruins.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.