With a 50% illiteracy rate and 40% unemployment and half the country still reeling from the earthquake and cholera....low paying jobs are better than no jobs at all. Five dollars a day is $150 a month compared to $100 a year is huge step up for most Haitians. It's not perfect, but it's a start and much better than waiting for your kind contribution to a Haitian charity that only provides crap they don't need or want.
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Haiti's employment push turns to textiles as farming tradition uprooted | Rashmee Roshan Lall | Global development | theguardian.com"...At 200 Haitian gourdes ($5) a day, the national minimum wage is hardly riches. But that still works out to $150 a month, says Müller-Poitevien; in Bangladesh, it is $40.
Delatour adds that, Hope or not, Haiti has one clear advantage over Bangladesh: there is no child labour. The unstated reality is that there are too many unemployed Haitian adults fighting for the same job to allow entry to underage workers....."
Where once labor in China was the lowest paid in the world...now they demanding higher wages and better working conditions and are part of growing middle class. The same is true for many other under developed emerging countries that had large uneducated labor pools and had to start their economies from scratch.
$1.3 billion was allocated to Haiti. $651 million was given to USAid to manage. Among other things, USAid promised over 15,000 homes. They've built 2,600. USAid hasn't even begun to build the port so crucial to Haiti's economic development. The projected had promised thousands of jobs.
Mismanagement of a crucial housing project, originally meant for up to 90,000 people. USAid has now reduced the number of those to benefit from new housing to about 3,200 to 15,900, from 75,000-90,000, at nearly double the original cost of $59m. The cost per house has soared nearly threefold from $8,000 per unit.
"Men did not make the earth ... it is the value of the improvement only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property... Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds." -- Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice
Many of the USAID projects are long term so the money wasn't all spent at once. But aside from substantial humanitarian assistance they have to build infrastructure such as electrical plants to help bring the country into the modern world. Most modern businesses require electricity in order to operate and without it Haiti stands little chance of attracting businesses and investments in that will help long term.$1.3 billion was allocated to Haiti. $651 million was given to USAid to manage. Among other things, USAid promised over 15,000 homes. They've built 2,600. USAid hasn't even begun to build the port so crucial to Haiti's economic development. The projected had promised thousands of jobs.
Haiti has a lot of issues and challenges to overcome and USAID is helping them to build a long term sustainable economy for themselves. Why is that so wrong?
Energy | U.S. Agency for International Development
Economic Growth and Trade | U.S. Agency for International Development
Agriculture and Food Security | U.S. Agency for International Development
Education | U.S. Agency for International Development