Yesterday saw the third anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti (January 12, 2010). After the quake, the world responded with an outpouring of aid, energy and money. Unfortunately, all sides recognize that much of that effort and money ($5.9B of the $9.8B USD pledged) has simply “disappeared”, without providing much value to Haitians themselves. When Tina and I were in Haiti this past August & September, we noticed that the people seemed so calm in the midst of so much mess and chaos. We wrote that if the pace of recovery in Haiti were to happen almost anywhere else in the world, there would be rioting in the streets.
As this info graphic from the Huffington Post describes, the quake killed more than a quarter-million people and injured more than 300,000. Government and NGO sources cite that of the estimated 1.5 million people displaced, approximately 1.2 million have been relocated. That may sound pretty good, but the term “relocated” refers to many things, including temporary rental vouchers for some, super-crowded houses for others. Meanwhile, after thirty-six months, 300,000 people (or more), remain in camps with little or no idea about when (or if) things might change. These are camps with only very basic water, electricity or sanitation.
Considering all this, we ask ourselves:
Is what has been done “good enough”?
What if you knew someone in one of those camps?