Foreign aid is critical in countries like Haiti that have experienced natural disasters, political turmoil, and economic challenges. However, to truly make a difference, balancing dependability and sustainability in aid efforts is essential.
Haiti has a history of dependence on foreign aid, particularly in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck the country in 2010. While the aid provided immediate relief, it did not address the root causes of poverty and underdevelopment in the country.
To achieve a balance between dependability and sustainability in Haiti, involving local communities in the development process is important. Haitians have a deep understanding of their needs and priorities, and involving them in the planning and implementation of aid projects can ensure that aid is provided in a way that is culturally appropriate and meets their long-term needs.
Extollo is one example of sustainable aid in Haiti. Through vocational training in the construction trades, Extollo focuses on teaching skills that can support the community long after the aid has been given. Extollo's approach is built on the proverb, "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for life."
However, achieving sustainability in foreign aid is not without its challenges. In Haiti, the lack of infrastructure, political instability, and weak institutions make it difficult to build sustainable systems. The pressure to show quick results is also a challenge, as organizations often face pressure to demonstrate that their aid is making a difference.
Despite these challenges, it is essential to continue to strive for a balance between dependability and sustainability in foreign aid in Haiti. By involving local communities, focusing on sustainable infrastructure and systems, and coordinating aid efforts, Extollo can help to create lasting change in Haiti and empower Haitians to be self-sufficient and resilient.
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