100 days after Haiti quake, LDS relief efforts persevere

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  • Reasonable Person
    April 23, 2010 3:21 p.m.

    If shelter is so necessary, why were the meetinghouse grounds "cleared"?

    This is an emergency which can quickly turn into nature's genocide, if groups don't quit trying to make things "pretty".

    Why not hbe courageous and redraw the formerly-populated land -- and just give people some land to live on? Give notice that it'll be done in 30 days unless you can prove you own a certain piece of land.

    If this happened in Utah, do you think many displaced people would care if they got their very same spot of land back - as long as they got a spot?

  • K
    April 23, 2010 3:06 p.m.

    They are a sovereign nation. Get off France.

    I worry about the attempt to adopt orphans in the upcoming article.

    Before the quake it took 2 years for adoption process and immigration process and only 300 were done per year in a nation that had 300,000 orphans before the quake.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan
    April 23, 2010 2:04 p.m.

    If you actually read the article you would see that the LDS Church is working with other organizations to start up businesses in Haiti.

    It takes time to change an entire system, but there is a desire to do so.

    I think the main lesson of this article is that having materials is only one step. Once I read there were requirements for clear right to the land I knew this program was not going to get off the ground soon. I would not be surprised if in large parts of Port-au-Prince it is unclear who owns the land, if for no other reason that the land records may have been destroyed in the quake.

  • chuckles55
    April 23, 2010 12:55 p.m.

    France seems to still hold a major stake in Haiti. They never encouraged nor guided them in taking care of themselves. They now seem to have left most of the rebuilding to other nations around the world, as especially the U.S. Haiti is a third-world country that has existed because of handouts. It will take years of rebuilding, changing people's thinking and strong encouragement for the Haitians to become a productive and properous country. I, for one, doubt that it will ever happen.

  • John Adams
    April 23, 2010 12:37 p.m.

    "I can't understand why our nation cannot insist on some of the features of developing a market economy [free enterprise] in these countries."

    Insistence that others do things the way think they should be done is not a right, especially in other countries.

    How would you like it if someone barged to your home insisting you and your family do things their way?

    The best we can do is offer help, nothing more.

  • What in Tucket?
    April 23, 2010 10:14 a.m.

    If there is another Church that does more to help people of all races and faiths let me know. That includes the American Society of Atheists if there is such a thing. It is unfortunate that once the reconstruction is complete Haiti will continue to be the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. That is because they really have no property rights, and have a huge bureaucracy. I can't understand why our nation cannot insist on some of the features of developing a market economy [free enterprise] in these countries. Oh, I forgot. Our president doesn't want this here why anywhere else.

  • Allen
    April 23, 2010 10:02 a.m.

    From what I've heard on NPR, the need for shelters is more critical now than food due to the coming rainy season. I hope the church is successful in its efforts to build shelters.