Sorry to state the obvious, but I felt I needed to. Here’s why.
This afternoon, I drove a rental Suburban across town to buy four gallons of milk. The truck is provided to me by an insurance company because my other truck is in the shop. The value of this rental must be around $35k.
That’s the per capita income of seventy five Haitians….before the earthquake.
I’m in a room with people talking about how to rebuild Haiti in light of the fact that it was a wreck before the disaster. The Crisis Response International key leaders flew back last night and are hard at it around the conference table. I’m lurking in the corner like I bring value or something.
Any infrastructure that was in place didn’t work before and is now a complete liability. Think wires laying on the ground that would actually become hot if we ever get the power turned back on. Think cracks in the ground that now allows all sewage and chemicals to flow down into the water table….and it’s not even the rainy season.
Some of the most useful things in Haiti right now are sledgehammers and bulldozers. It would be easier to build a city in the middle of a forest than it will to be keep these people barely alive for the next several years.
It is in this setting that we’re being told they will be able to safely care for orphans.
Haiti is still a wreck. It will be for a long, long time. And it’s way too easy to forget driving across town in a fancy truck to buy milk. Especially when while driving, I heard nothing on CNN or FOX NEWS from Haiti. Nothing.
Haiti is still a wreck.
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