From what I've heard on NPR, the need for shelters is more critical now than
food due to the coming rainy season. I hope the church is successful in its
efforts to build shelters.
If there is another Church that does more to help people of all races and faiths
let me know. That includes the American Society of Atheists if there is such a
thing. It is unfortunate that once the reconstruction is complete Haiti will
continue to be the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. That is because they
really have no property rights, and have a huge bureaucracy. I can't understand
why our nation cannot insist on some of the features of developing a market
economy [free enterprise] in these countries. Oh, I forgot. Our president
doesn't want this here why anywhere else.
"I can't understand why our nation cannot insist on some of the features of
developing a market economy [free enterprise] in these countries."Insistence that others do things the way think they should be done is not a
right, especially in other countries.How would you like it if
someone barged to your home insisting you and your family do things their
way?The best we can do is offer help, nothing more.
France seems to still hold a major stake in Haiti. They never encouraged nor
guided them in taking care of themselves. They now seem to have left most of
the rebuilding to other nations around the world, as especially the U.S. Haiti
is a third-world country that has existed because of handouts. It will take
years of rebuilding, changing people's thinking and strong encouragement for the
Haitians to become a productive and properous country. I, for one, doubt that
it will ever happen.
If you actually read the article you would see that the LDS Church is working
with other organizations to start up businesses in Haiti. It takes
time to change an entire system, but there is a desire to do so.I
think the main lesson of this article is that having materials is only one step.
Once I read there were requirements for clear right to the land I knew this
program was not going to get off the ground soon. I would not be surprised if
in large parts of Port-au-Prince it is unclear who owns the land, if for no
other reason that the land records may have been destroyed in the quake.
They are a sovereign nation. Get off France.I worry about the
attempt to adopt orphans in the upcoming article. Before the quake
it took 2 years for adoption process and immigration process and only 300 were
done per year in a nation that had 300,000 orphans before the quake.
If shelter is so necessary, why were the meetinghouse grounds "cleared"?This is an emergency which can quickly turn into nature's genocide, if
groups don't quit trying to make things "pretty".Why not hbe
courageous and redraw the formerly-populated land -- and just give people some
land to live on? Give notice that it'll be done in 30 days unless you can
prove you own a certain piece of land.If this happened in Utah, do
you think many displaced people would care if they got their very same spot of
land back - as long as they got a spot?