20 Dec What Happened To Haiti After Mcc Agreement
When I asked Gervé what the US$70 million had achieved, he drew attention to two concrete electric pylons built as part of a plan to connect the port to the public grid. USAid had paid for the poles, but had not stretched the cables necessary for their electrification. When the United States failed to deliver on its promises for the industrial park, international newspapers were ignored, plans for the new port were ignored. In 2013, USAid redistributed almost all of the $72 million that was to be spent on the construction of a new port to expand and modernize the small, dilapidated port in neighbouring Cape Haiti. U.S. officials knew they were throwing good money at the wrong: two years earlier, a State Department study concluded that it would be a bad idea to try to expand this port because there simply wasn`t enough land to do it. But what worked for U.S. interests was less working for Haiti. In the 1950s, neither Haiti`s agriculture nor the dollars spent each year by thousands of American tourists were enough to pay off that debt.
In 1961, the United States sent $13 million in aid to Haiti – half of Haiti`s national budget – to help the nation strengthen the industry. Much of this early U.S. aid to Haiti was plundered or wasted by Haiti`s autocratic leaders, especially “Papa Doc” Duvalier and his son Jean-Claude, who spent it on personal militias that terrorized Haitian citizens. “Since 1946, the United States has provided about $100 million in economic assistance… To Haiti without showing much for money,” reports the New York Times 1963. MCC partner Zanmi Lasante, who is aware of mental health in Haiti. As part of this work, Zanmi Lasante and the MCC have developed a pair of social media graphs to inform Haitians about trauma – their causes and consequences – and resilience – simple strategies that everyone can use to build their own ability to respond to traumatic events. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Nearly two years after a devastating earthquake in Haiti, about US$9 million of the US$16 million spent on Disaster Relief by the Mennonite Central Committee for projects to revitalize the lives of Haitians. In January 2019, nine years after the earthquake, USAid spent $2.3 billion in Haiti. Most of them were given to American companies and almost none went through Haitian hands. Less than 3% of these expenditures, according to a CEPR study, went directly to Haitian organizations or companies. In contrast, 55% of the money was distributed to U.S.
companies based in Washington and its neighbors. Most likely, the majority of what USAid would have spent on Haiti`s recovery ended directly in the United States. Stoesz returned to Haiti in September 1958, when the Haitian Ministry of Health offered mcC the opportunity to run a hospital in Grande-Riviere-du-Nord, a commune in northern Haiti. The local hospital, built in the 1930s during the American occupation, had remained unused for more than 20 years, despite the unmet medical needs of the rural population. MCC has reached an agreement with the Haitian Ministry of Health and Pote Cole, a cooperative organization between the Haitian and American authorities. MCC agreed to provide staff and fund operating costs, while government authorities took responsibility for preparing the hospital for use and provided $200 per month for services. Unlike Petit Goave and Demspital Albert Schweitzer, this project worked directly with government authorities and transferred administrative responsibility to future MCC employees. Despite the admission that the previous U.S. attempt to liberalize Haiti`s economy had decimated its agricultural sector, Bill Clinton and his allies, after the 2010 earthquake, prescribed the same medicine, a familiar medicine, this time in the form of construction and clothing projects rather than rice.