Thursday, May 27, 2010

Why things seem impossible

Nick and I are often asked why Haiti is so poor with all the billions of dollars it is getting in aid money.  We struggle with this question because honestly we don't know the answer.  We don't work with these agencies or the Haitian government which would give us insight into where the money is going.  But one thing we do know from our time abroad in many countries, is that it is often difficult to accomplish a simple task.  Something that would take and hour in the US could take days or months in Haiti.  It's hard to fully understand this with out having traveled to other countries, but there was a good podcast done by "This American Life" recently that helps to explain this.  The podcast is about an hour and tells 3 separate stories.  They are all good, but if you don't have time to listen to them all, at least listen to the first one.

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