Huffington Post on Haiti

Many of you have asked about what my feelings are in regard to Haiti and I wanted to put an excerpt of my blog post titled, “The Tremor Felt Round The World” from the Huffington Post and encourage you to read the full post at HP. I look forward to your thoughts and comments.

“The terrible suffering in Haiti moves us deeply. We want to know what we can do to help.

Many of us are donating money for the immediate relief efforts. Supplies of potable water, food, shelter, and medicines can save thousands of lives — and at the same time send a message of compassion and support.

But the bigger question revolves around long-term aid.

We are encouraged to believe that USAID, the World Bank, and other institutions are truly philanthropic, there to serve the best interests of the people and the country. However, the reality is that, in previous cases — such as the Asian tsunami — much of this aid is employed to help huge multinational companies gain a strangle-hold on resources (including cheap labor) and markets. Instead of helping local fisherman, farmers, restaurant, and bed and breakfast owners rebuild their devastated businesses, the money is invested in projects that benefit the Krafts, Chiquitas, Monsantos, Marriotts, and big box restaurant chains of the world.”

I’m heading back from Costa Rica tomorrow and next week I will be in Florida. I know each day brings all of us more inspiration to build a sustainable and just world.

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2 thoughts on “Huffington Post on Haiti

  1. Please please get the message to people who want to donate to Haiti to please support S.O.I.L. This is a small NGO that is working SO HARD to help the Haitian people, build a sustainable life. Right now they are just helping with food and emergencies.
    The money will go directly to them, co-founder Sasha Kramer, who is on the ground in Haiti.
    Amazing people…no middle men. Please go to their website:
    http://www.oursoil.org/

  2. Whomever believes that the money donated will go to and help Haiti is completely ignorant to truth. One only needs to read the LivesayHaiti blog to get the real facts. Haiti needs our help to help itself and it has been a slave nation one way or another for a long time. The Haitians know what is happening but they just are not sure what to do about it. The photograph of Bush with Clinton in Haiti was so hypocritical.