Tracy Kidder with Rachel Maddow


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Stand with Haiti / Partners in Health


Stand With Haiti


Kidder’s short and sweet editorial in the NYT

There are the many projects that seem designed to serve not impoverished Haitians but the interests of the people administering the projects. Most important, a lot of organizations seem to be unable — and some appear to be unwilling — to create partnerships with each other or, and this is crucial, with the public sector of the society they’re supposed to serve.

. . . .

The ultimate goal of all aid to Haiti ought to be the strengthening of Haitian institutions, infrastructure and expertise.

. . . .

But there are effective aid organizations working in Haiti. At least one has not been crippled by the earthquake. Partners in Health, or in Haitian Creole Zanmi Lasante, has been the largest health care provider in rural Haiti.

. . . .

As a result of this calamity, Partners in Health probably just became the largest health care provider still standing in all Haiti.

Fortunately, it also offers a solid model for independence — a model where only a handful of Americans are involved in day-to-day operations, and Haitians run the show. Efforts like this could provide one way for Haiti, as it rebuilds, to renew the promise of its revolution.


19 Responses to “Tracy Kidder with Rachel Maddow”

  1. sisdevore Says:

  2. sisdevore Says:

    I finished the Lorrie Moore. It was thick with all the things we are thick with now. Redemption Impossible.

    It is also a feast for a Midwest botanist. And there is bird stuff, too.

  3. sisdevore Says:

    There’s way too much hysteria on the ‘net these days.

    Personally, I am happy that my reserve request from a month ago, has finally yielded me Lorrie Moore’s newest novel (A Gate at the Stairs) from the public library.

    Rainy here.

  4. sisdevore Says:

    the story not being told? Apparently the State dept., disempowered under bush, but now led by Hillary, is “leading” the relief efforts. Retired General Honore seemed to think that was not the best idea, as the military was better trained for the rapid deployment that is necessary in an emergency situation.

    Hilary looks like hell most of the time now. Like Warren christopher used to look like hell.

  5. artemis54 Says:

    The undertones are becoming deafening: oh, those dangerous darkies. I wonder what Seattle would be like with 60,000 corpses lying in the street, another 90,000 homeless, and no electricity or water. Give it an extra week for those well stocked pantries to empty.

    Is it looting when it’s truffles and raclette at the top of Queen Anne?

    From Dullbart, a truly Byzantine explanation of why the quake caused so much damage in Port-au-Prince: Haiti’s impossibly idealistic environmental standards. If you can follow the line of reasoning in that article, please seek help immediately.

    • cometman Says:

      Wow. That article was utterly senseless. Sounded like the author was randomly cutting and pasting from some list of antiliberal buzzwords.

  6. artemis54 Says:

    Dying Haitians Rush to Aid Fading Has-Been Celebrities, Networks Hope to Cash In

  7. artemis54 Says:

    Can’t access dkos any more. I guess the two dollar whorehouse crack did it.

  8. artemis54 Says:

    Towleroad endorses Partners in Health

  9. artemis54 Says:

    Just checked over at the two-dollar whorehouse. As I should have known, their space is far too precious to waste on help for Haiti; it has to be reserved for near porn for ripped abs and mamz’s latest blatherings.

    What a disgrace that place is.

  10. artemis54 Says:

    Now msnbc has Ray Nagin on, dishing out advice to the govt of Haiti.

    I guess Brownie wasn’t available.

    I notice all the networks ran with this bs story about some imaginary UN food depot being looted by the undisciplined Haitians. Completely false, and one has retracted, but look for it to be recycled anyway. They are just itching for violence and seem disappointed that it isn’t materializing.

  11. sisdevore Says:

    I am coining a word.

    Gaitians–people who can’t get a break.

    (Just having read an update on the prop 8 testimony that children with gay parents are pretty normal)

  12. sisdevore Says:

    Thanks for posting the donate button.

    some idiot somewhere in the blogosphere says that the Haitian earthquake is a test of Obama’s presidency. wtf? Maybe cuz the Clintons rose up fast with the media coverage?

    I have to czech and see if dubya has answered the call.

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