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How to Truly “Build Back Better” After Hurricane Matthew

After Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, international organizations and donors promised to “build back better” but the effort became a strong example of failed disaster aid. After Hurricane Matthew, care needs to be taken to ensure that the same mistakes are not repeated. The best way to do that is to work with local Haitian groups, who know the context in Haiti and (contrary to some beliefs) have lots of ideas about how to rebuild. Though this can be complicated by lack of donation infrastructure, there are some nonprofits who are trying to bridge the gap. The key is using “our considerable resources to truly partner with Haitian groups.”

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Hurricane Matthew: Haitians Rebuilding Haiti

Nancy Young, Common Dreams

October 11, 2016

In the days before Hurricane Matthew, when it became clear it would not dissolve harmlessly, I called a friend in Haiti to warn him.

I did not just call Daniel Tillias, leader of the SAKALA community center in Cite Soleil, because he is my friend. I called Daniel because he was the one I knew personally who was in the best position to get the word out, to actually help people in a way that I — up here in the US — could not.

And, Daniel — along with many other community leaders in Cite Soleil— did just that.

In the space of a day, SAKALA — whose normal activities center around education, sports and gardening — became an emergency shelter, stocked with food and water for the surrounding neighborhoods, which were threatened by flooding from both the ocean and the trash-clogged canals that run through Cite Soleil.

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