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It would be more than interesting, to hand this article to President Bill Clinton, and then buy him plane fare to D.C. to talk to these people. Better yet, give him the authority over the rest of the money sitting in some account somewhere, while people in Haiti are still hurting. People gave in good faith, and this is what they get in return? Sad.
The new, or is it the old way of fleecing the US Government, it's people, and the intended receipt ants.
There will be a special place in Hell for NGO and for-profit staff that sip beers and draw their stateside paychecks covered by generous disaster aid donations. There should only be dispersals of cash to those organizations that can prove that they send at least 90% of the aid directly to the people affected. And I'm not talking about spending money to rebuild Presidential palaces and the like!
The fat always comes off the top.....
This is actually standard operating procedure for U.S. foreign aid, much of which is just thinly disguised corporate welfare, and it's a long-standing problem.
A friend of my parents was a missionary in Liberia in the 1960s, and he said that, say, if the U.S. gave Liberia a grant to build a road, the U.S. government would buy a bunch of road building equipment from a U.S. company and ship it to Liberia, and then it would just sit there, because nobody knew how to operate it. Of course, the president of Liberia and some local officials would get a kickback from the U.S. companies, but the local population never saw any benefit.
The best NGOs are the ones that go to the local people and say, "What do you need most?" and directly give THEM the money and materials and training to solve the problems.
It would be better to give to an organization such as Modest Needs, where you have greater assurance that the needed assistance is going where it is supposed to go.
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