“We have not always had our act together in Haiti”
Pressure is building to get the rebuilding work really moving in Haiti. There is a new leadership in the country with Michel Martelly. There is a flurry of conferences on reconstruction and many NGOs are ready to work in Haiti.
Now, the US Congress is wondering why it is taking so long to get the reconstruction of Haiti underway.
For a year many have been talking about Haitian needs, so now it is time to get to work…
Back in 2010, after the earthquake, the world pledged billions for reconstruction. Now with only a fraction of the money yielding much in the way of construction, the US House of Representatives is asking for some accounting.
“The unprecedented relief effort has given way to a sluggish, at best, reconstruction effort,” said Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., sponsor of the legislation calling on President Barack Obama to prepare a report within six months of the bill’s enactment.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said “We owe it to the Haitian people to find out how much of this money has been delivered to Haiti and where that money went,” she said. “We have not always had our act together in Haiti.”
We are hoping that these actions by government officials on behalf of the reconstruction of Haiti will be more than just rhetoric and political posturing.
It is time to get our act together and make a working plan to assist the Haitian people in rebuilding Haiti.