(BBC) Six months after the disastrous earthquake that left thousands dead and over a million homeless, Haiti is still struggling to regain stability. Though some progress has been made–Medecins Sans Frontieres has established a hospital, and major disease outbreaks have been prevented–the fact remains that Haiti is still struggling. The Haitian government has suffered significantly since the earthquake; 25 percent of civil servants died, and government buildings have crumbled to the ground. Presidential advisor Jean Renald Clerisme notes that much of the money pledged has yet to be delivered. “They say they are sending money to Haiti, but much of it goes on experts and consultants from their own countries who are paid big dollar salaries they bank at home,” Mr. Cleisme said. “And then when it comes to buying things for aid projects the donors insist on spending the money in their own countries. The people of Haiti only see a small proportion of these billions that are promised.”
(Washington Post) One of the Washington area’s largest housing nonprofits, Robert Pierre Johnson Housing Development Corp., formally announced that it is still working for the community despite the recent resignation of its chief executive, Mr. Herbert J. Cooper-Levy, who allegedly forged zoning documents. RPJ Housing’s mission is helping low-income people attain affordable housing. The open letter from RPJ Housing can be read here.