Bill Clinton came to Haiti once again and promised reconstruction will start soon. But for those who view their world looking out from the flimsy flap of a tent, they wonder what to believe. Right now finding a permanent home in Haiti just means scouring rubble piles for useful materials to improve a meager existence.
“I share their frustration, but I think they will see a big increase in the pace of movement next year,” Clinton said at a news conference in Port-au-Prince.
One has to wonder what “finding” a permanent home really means in Haiti. Is it a scavenger hunt?
We fear that with the slow pace of reconstruction and the inevitable delays in funding, that many will find themselves making the temporary structures into their permanent homes. Or worse, they will scrounge and cobble something together using the same construction practices of the past.
We encourage President Clinton and the Haitian leaders to start the rebuilding on a proper foundation. They can start by sharing the same construction technology and tools that are used to build homes in Arkansas.
Then when Haitian families FIND a permanent home it will be build back better.