With that kind of money I/we can probably build thirty sturdy homes/houses in Haiti. Ones with concrete roofs that would withstand hurricane force winds. Enough to house 150 people.
Most charities, religious, Government agencies and NGOs hire people in the country of origin of the donated funds and also rent office space and purchase equipment to “run” the operation/business. They also fly many people back and forth wasting more funds.
Much of the funds are spent in areas other then the ones with the biggest need.
Everything has to be registered with the banks and government paperwork. At times as little as 30% of the funds end up where it is most needed,intended.
I live there now. My too large a house is almost complete. I know the suppliers, snags workers and the needs of the people.
Of course no one will come out and give me the/some money desperately needed by my neighbours, brothers ans sisters.
Accountability and trust are the key word.
I need not one penny for my abode.
No one is expected to send a donation on their own to a Haitian bank account of a stranger. I have lived most of my life in Toronto. Ran for office three times with no success.
I am an honest person and do not lie.
Every time one sends money via the banks it costs close to $50. Only large amounts are worthy of being sent. No, do not expect anything from anyone or organisations.
If the bank (Royal Bank) were to set up a donation drive for the rebuilding of the hard hit areas then the pooled monies would cost less to administer/transfer.
Just in case someone has more then they need ($) and has trust in what I do, help the people in the poorest country in the western hemisphere, then by all means do send me some funds. I deal with SogeBank Account # 1601100078 under the name Gerald Joseph Derome.
I do not fear giving this information out. I have nothing to hide. It is not illegal to give out such information as it cannot be used to withdraw but just receive.
I look around here in Canada and see so much money wasted in all our facets of living while down there, clean water, healthy food, shelter, education, and medical care are in need.
Shelter is what I would like to concentrate on. Safe sound and solid homes that would last 50 years instead of the quick set ups they have been building.
Water reservoirs and/or basins are what is needed. If only 10% of the rain that fell during the hurricane was saved/stored, they would have enough water to last a whole year. Agriculture would be year round! Something that is badly needed.
I myself had a 89,000 gallon basin built under my house. As the finishing touches were not done very little water filled the ready “life saver” cavity.
These people are very hard working and always smiling regardless of their circumstance. It is a country where everyone that you pass greets you with a “bonjour, salut, or bonsoir”.
Even after they had lost their homes the smiles never faded.
KingGDerome A self proclaimed king with no castle or people. Just a person with a heart.