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Another Contractor Suspended for Faulty USAID Housing

CEEPCO Contracting, which USAID used for their poorly-constructed Caracol housing project, has now been suspended. This comes after USAID extended CEEPCO’s contract in 2014, despite knowing about the construction problems. All of the houses suffer from construction problems including concrete that is below the required PSI. This is especially worrisome as such poorly-constructed housing was a major cause of the massive death- and injury toll of the 2010 earthquake. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Second USAID Contractor Suspended Following Caracol Housing Debacle Center for Economic and Policy Research March 30, 2015 On March 25, 2015, USAID suspended CEEPCO Contracting – which had been working on shelter programs in Haiti –from receiving further government contracts, pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation. CEEPCO joins Thor Construction, which was suspended in early February. The investigation concerns faulty construction […]

What’s Haiti’s situation, 5 years post-quake?

Though some strides have been made in Haiti since the devastating 2010 earthquake, much remains to be done. Many families still live in Internally Displaced Persons camps with no foreseeable housing solutions. Many people agree that more aid money should have been given to the Haitian government and Haitian organizations but with the current political crisis, it doesn’t seem like that will happen soon. Haiti needs fair, democratic elections as soon as possible, to bring it towards a brighter future. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. 5 years after quake, Haiti still on shaky ground Alan Gomez, USA Today December 30, 2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — After the earthquake swallowed his home and after three years living inside a tent with his wife and two children, Josué Lacrète finally found some peace. His family is one […]

Clintons’ Interim Haiti Recovery Commission Huge Failure

Two Haitian lawyers have filed a petition against Bill Clinton for mismanagement of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC). Although it’s not likely to succeed due to the Clintons’ power and influence, it is very obvious that the IHRC left many promises unfulfilled, was not inclusive of Haitians, and was a general failure. Bill, Hillary and the Haiti Debacle Haitians are upset by the reconstruction effort managed by the Clintons. Mary Anastasia O’Grady, The Wall Street Journal May 18, 2014 The news website Tout Haiti reported last month that two prominent lawyers have petitioned Haiti’s Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes, demanding an audit of Bill Clinton’s management of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC). There are powerful interests that won’t want to see the petition succeed and it may go nowhere. But the sentiment it expresses is spreading fast. […]

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