I saw this article online yesterday, and it has bothered me...

Matt Altman - May 17 2013, 7:53 AM

I saw this article online yesterday, and it has bothered me ever since.

There is a lot of truth to it, but I think the solution is a lot more complicated than teaching someone to fish. It does no good teaching someone to fish if there are no fish, or the person does not have a way to get to the fish. My first time to Haiti was immediately after the quake to help restore communications.

I fell in love with the people, and have continued to come back. We have provided technical training, but I always wonder where people will get jobs. What good does it do to train someone if there is no work, and they end up leaving the country.

I think any good we do in life is because it makes us feel good, or our religion teaches us to. I had thought about coming to Haiti to live away from PAP, and working in a community developing self sustaining skills.

But, maybe I do not belong there.

I would be curious to hear your suggestions on what you think the solutions should be. Regards,

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