Solidarity Is An Unlikely Attitude
Being known as the Republic of NGOs, we can conclude that the government is not doing a great job in many sectors which creates the inflow of new nonprofits produced every year. For NGOs whose services are similar to what the Haitian government should be doing for its citizens form this attitude. What does this mean? Best described in the book From Aid to Trade, a young business owner, Laurent, and three partners set out to organize a meeting with international nonprofits operating in Haiti, local businesses, and the community. Their end-product shed light on the reality of many international NGOs operating in Haiti.
These NGOs would treat those they serve as recipients who should be happy with whatever level of service they get, that NGOs will start – if not already – to believe that it had the right to an everlasting place in society. They are putting their own interests above the continual need of the communities.
As mentioned From Aid to Trade, Laurent and his partners quickly organized a meeting for business owners, community leaders, and representatives of NGOs. The first meeting would be the last. Laurent reported that one foreigner representing the NGO with the seven-figure budget stood up to discuss how they should build a proposal collectively to request the funds. “The only thing we need to report is that this area is full of hoodlums and gangsters, and this is how donors will be more than happy to give money,” she said. In response, one nineteen-year-old resident spoke up: “Excuse me, ma’am. If you need to call me a gangster, a murderer, a thief, please take that money and shove it.” According to Laurent, he and his partners did not hear from that NGO again.