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Haiti the struggle continue

Updated on March 26, 2012
200 years of misery
200 years of misery

We need Transparency

We need Transparency.

Set up organizational plans for all those rescue teams, agencies and constructions companies that are coming to Haiti to help out. Set up an organization in Haiti that will be responsible for transparency of all those monies that are being offered to Haiti for help. That organization must pronounce publicly every penny that they have received to help Haiti.

We encourage the media to get involved and make certain that these organizations are held accountable for the distribution of every cent. This money should be used to help the Haitian people and the reconstruction of the country.

Set up whistle-blower teams that will investigate and warn the public about those fraudulent donation centers. There will be folks benefiting from this disaster by taking donations that will not be accounted for. For that we encourage the American Institute of philanthropy to get involved, as well as the Better business Bureau.

We also asked that people question the organization they have chosen to give money to. Find out how your money will be spent, and how much the organization have received so far.

There are many organizations that are set up to receive donations, some are well known and others are not. For example you can donate to MOI. Regardless of their reputations and size, they must demonstrate the urge for transparency.

Set up tents outside the city for those who are injured and displaced. Move everyone who is roaming the streets outside the city into those tents. Try our best to evacuate the city as much as possible so that those who are in need of serious help can easily be triaged and get the help they need.

Set up websites or communication panels to display information for those who are receiving care and those whom unfortunately did not make it.

Provide psychotherapy for the survivors, especially those who have been rescued after the fifth day of the disaster. It is in every human’s instinct for their means of survival to kicks in, especially if nothing is available to eat under the rubble. In which case those who have survived may attempt to eat off the remains of their love ones to stay alive.

This can also be referred to as a state of temporary insanity, but taking the circumstance at hand; this type of behavior is predictable and understood. However, if those survivors are allowed into society without being treated, carnivals could become a social concern in Haiti. Not to say it has never existed before, but this time around a piece of beef may not necessarily be beef.

Collect the names of those whose homes were destroyed to avoid deceptions, if in case we choose to help rebuilt those homes that were destroyed. Wipe out all those little homes that are built on top of each other to set up a platform for reconstruction and better access to major roads.

During the reconstruction of Haiti, built a community for those people outside the city. Set up an independent electrical grid for those communities as wind and solar energy are plentiful in Haiti. People of Haiti should not have to pay for electricity when the energy sources that produces it are plentiful in nature.

Haiti needs a lot but to begin, we can start with roads and bridges, hospitals, doctors, nurses, clean water, electricity, a good sewage system and more importantly a functioning government. These are the basics, but before any reconstruction can begin, an overview of Haiti’s infrastructure is necessary.

How do you set up sewage systems in a mountainous hill full of houses? This is a task that is nearly impossible, because before any construction can begin in any city, the sewage system and roads are already established.

In Haiti’s case, it is the opposite, in some areas houses are built before the roads and sewage systems are established. To accommodate, home owners dug holes in their back yard to use as a lavatory. This should never happen; Haiti has received lots of money from foreign countries in the past.

Why were these monies not invested in the infrastructure of the country? This is why I say if corruption is a transaction that occurred under the table, for Haiti it happens in plain sight, right over the table.

Haiti can become self-sufficient, the people just have to start planting again. At one time Haiti exported coffee beans, rice, sugar, cacao beans, tobacco and corn. Today we import almost everything we exported years ago, why? Well, because of embargo, United State at one time did impose an embargo on Haiti which ended in 1962. Now we have become so dependent on imported food that we've stopped our own plantation.

After all, it does cost the Haitian people cheaper now to purchase foreign goods than to buy their own. This has left the Haitian peasant struggling to compete, until they realized that they're no match to big corporate.

When the peasants can no longer make a living from agriculture, they moved to the big cities in search for a better life. As a result you have population expansion of enormous capacity. And since there are no regulations as to how many people the city is capable of retained, no reinforcement is applied.

Haiti is now referred to as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. But this was not always the case. There was a time when Haitians were self- sufficient and this was during the time of the La Negritude movement. This period dates back during the early 1800, right around the same time as the Harlem Renaissance.

As a matter fact, it was the La Negritude movement that influenced Langston Hughes and Richard Wright. How Haiti got this way is a question that troubles many, but those who understand politics knows why the History of the Haitian people went down this path.

One would think that a country that helped the United States gain their independence would be embraced by the American people, but this was not the case. Our skin color overshadows every good deed that we have done. We were too black to be accepted as free slaves, and plus our example threatens the livelihood of the slaves masters in the Americas.

Blacks were too valuable to whites during those times for them to have considered us free slaves. So in that sense, denouncing our effort for helping gain their independence, was the best logical and beneficial response they could have come up with.

Because if you think about it, had their embraced us for helping them, the history of black Americans in this country would have taken a different path. It would not have been in their interest, to liberate their slaves.


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