The Big Truck That Went By Jonathan M. Katz Essay

893 Words Aug 4th, 2015 4 Pages
In the book The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster by Jonathan M. Katz we learn that all help is not helpful, but we can change that. In 2010 an earthquake hit Haiti, being one of the worse things to happen to this already poor country. This book provides us with a lot of information about the before and after of the Haiti earthquake. Help was provided to help rebuild, but some solutions worked and some didn’t. Instead of focusing on what will be noticed by the outside world, Haiti needed what would help them rebuild as a country. The people of the country needed health care, food, schooling, aid, and help cleaning up the country. What they got instead was money that wasn’t fully spent on the Haitians and countries that wanted to help because it would benefit themselves. The help that they are getting is not being used like it should be. Port-au-Prince overflows with waste and 52 trucks that have been imported to help clean up are still sitting in customs. A good chunk of the money is spent on jet fuel for planes to come down and about $50,000 of it was spent on elevator maintenance in the US embassy, which didn’t have much damage. There wasn’t many elevators to begin with. Meetings are held to talk about what can be done to help and most of the time is spent arguing. The meetings are held in places that are closed off to the haitians even though they are the ones needing guidance. The people are not taking the time to…

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