MMRC and Haiti update- 4/6/10

Posted: April 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

I want to start off by wishing my father a very happy birthday.  He turns 64 today.  I love you dad.

I finally figured out how to compare what is going on here in Haiti to something that would refer to life back home.  After talking with some of my cohorts in crime from other NGO’s our lives are best described as a living, breathing episode of 24.  Now I’m no Jack Bauer nor am I the ring leader, but man it is fun to run around this town and appropriate the medical supplies and food needed for the mobile clinics, hospitals, orphanages, and pretty much anywhere we are needed.  DIRT is putting together an EMS System that they want to implement in PAP and we are going to do everything possible to support them.

Yesterday was actually a pretty nice day here.  We are starting to load up a mobile clinic and get them up and running so the major part of the day consisted of pillaging a supply room to get all of the IV tubing, solution and needs and today we are going to finish up the supply run by hitting up the pharmacy for meds and putting together all of their wound management needs.

I really want to thank everyone for their encouraging emails and all of the moral support I am receiving.  It’s so hard to fathom what it is like down here unless you come.  The government here is terribly corrupt and so many of the international aid groups aren’t much better.  I’m finding that the very small, localized NGO’s like ourselves are the ones that are actually getting a majority of the work done.  It’s funny and sad at the same time, but there are some NGO’s here that are spending $100,000 USD per month to house their volunteers, but they can’t even afford to kick in gas money for us to round up supplies they need.  When you look around PAP it is hard to believe that any relief money even made it in here.  Everyday that goes by we see less and less foreign volunteers and the American Red Cross is nowhere to be found.

Speaking of the Red Cross, what a joke.  I must defend the medical volunteers who truly want to help.  They have their hearts in the right place and really are amazing.  The problem with the Red Cross is their administration.  Ever since my first trip here I’ve told everyone how corrupt the Red Cross is and how they are an absolute shame to the relief aid community.  I didn’t want to blog about it and go negative on my site, but now that CNN has called them out on their Haiti fiasco I feel fine by saying that the top administrators of the American Red Cross are a bunch of greedy, self righteous, self loathing bastards who only care about themselves and really don’t give a damn about the people they are supposed to be helping.  Nobody here in Haiti can count on them for anything and the only Red Cross stations you find here are based out of neighboring countries or Europe.

I hope and pray that the UN will do something good with the $10B dollars that are coming in but my guess is that about 70% of it will go into their pockets.  It’s not an uncommon sight to see 8 UN SUV’s driving in a convoy and in total there is 1 passenger.  The amount of money and resources they waste is inconceivable.  On top of that they are charging $40 per night per person to sleep on their compound floor.  Oh ya, cash only please and they have about 3-4000 people sleeping their per night.  So that makes it about $120k per night revenue that know one knows what happens to.  Man I would love to have a business model like theirs.

Thanks for letting me vent.  I just get really frustrated when I see the despair of the people here and the fact that virtually nothing is being done to help them.  I’ll get off my soap box now.

May everyone who reads this have a wonderful day and I will talk to you soon.

Paul

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Comments
  1. Gabby says:

    Your Daddy shares my b-day! Happy Birthday to him! I’ll miss you this weekend for my party! Keep safe!

    Love,
    Gabby

  2. Danell says:

    Glad to hear you are hooking up with positive humanitarian folks, it truly is a frustrating area when you find those that are not dedicated to people! Can not wait to come out and help you! miss you Paul.
    love
    danell

  3. Amanda says:

    Hi Paul. Read your article and am working with a prosthetics foundation who’s working in Haiti. Can you send me an update on the parapalegic man who needs assistance? Has he been treated already? Thanks and keep up the great work!

    amanda

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