On April 20th the US congress sent a 5-page letter to Hillary Clinton suggesting that it is time make “Concrete Progress” to get the reconstruction of Haiti on track and to get people out of the deplorable living conditions. The letter expresses concern for the IDP (internally displaced people) that are scattered in tent cities and living on the streets.
Some in the press are calling the Haiti reconstruction efforts a scam or a money grab. This finger-pointing and blame-gaming will never be as productive as producing “concrete” results.
Concrete results…From an American NGO that funded a proper mixing system for a Haitian work crew, who will use this tool to build 50 more home foundations for people in tents.
Concrete results…From the additional jobs for masons, carpenters, aggregate miners and cement delivery drivers associated with building these solid homes.
Concrete results…Like a plan to duplicate this process hundreds of times in every corner of the country.
Finger pointing, planing and letter writing will never replace doing something concrete for the people of Haiti.