#265 rebuilding haiti

For one living the other side of the globe, I glean understanding from the actual footage of catastrophe or apocalypse through the media — read, hear and see from videos and pictures.

In the US, since 911, the rebuilding on the former World Trade Center site is yet complete. I wonder about this situation in Haiti.

To rebuild Haiti from scratch is a monumental task. Who will take the initiative? Who can come up with a masterplan to help in the rebuilding? Which comes first? The infrastructures or housing? Or both these got to be built at the same time?

Accordingly, funds are available to help those survivors. How are these funds managed?

BBC’s journalist, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes gave a candid and factual record of the situation today on — Haiti’s ‘ghost’ tent villages:

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8488728.stm.

One thought struck me: Since tents are not available for all the survivors, why not supply the basic building material for the Haitians who live in the outskirts of the city to rebuild their own homes?

Offer alternatives…not just suggest building temporary tents to tie Haitians over the forthcoming monsoon period!

Ask the Haitians how they can help themselves?

Surely the Haitians want to help themselves. They know how to build for their own survival. Many had survived before the quake, surely given whatever raw material to help these folk to help themselves through — which might cost just as much as for those NGOs to building interim tents. Or, am I a little naive?

Let’s help the Haitians to help themselves to their feet. I’m sure many are still in state of shock but when there is something to fix their minds and hearts upon — when they are able to build their own temporary quarters, miracles might happen — there will be greater self-respect and hope.

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#85

I read this from BBC international news online.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/7343060.stm

(I do not know if I’m allowed to link  this…if I’m violating, can someone let me know. Thank you.)

During the late 1970s, I’d met Africans who spoke immaculate Chinese as these ones received scholarships to study in China. I was told then that China had some form of ties with Africa even during the Mao regime.

In terms of figures mentioned, it seems colossal profit but who can tell what will happen tomorrow? Human beings have a way of ‘bungling’…

Contracts drawn up between any two parties are never equal…even at the business level in corporations or companies in the world…a 60-40 or 51-49 at best. If a contract can bring in some good, why not? Dealing with the best of two evils when necessary?

I didn’t understand what colonial rule was until I stayed in Hongkong briefly. Basically HK was obligated to send an annual sum to the UK…how much I don’t know in return for their sovereignty.