Challenges in Haiti

Haiti was hit by a powerful, magnitude 7.0 devastating earthquake January 12. In the ensuing eight months, only 2% of the rubble has been cleared. There are a lot of reasons why, and we could spend time placing blame, but the fact remains that the people of Haiti need help.

Some of the challenges are how and where to dispose of the debris (some of which contains human remains), sorting through property records to determine who owns a parcel so permission can be granted to clear it, coordination between the government, NGOs and aid workers on getting the work done.

I wish we could propose a simple, effective answer to the problems and challenges facing the people of Haiti; but I can’t. I am, however, hopeful that the November elections in Haiti will bring solid leadership to a country desperately in need of help.

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