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  • Edición impresa de Mayo 5, 2015

In the following weeks there will be plenty of gatherings for celebrations. There will be proud students graduating from colleges and schools, spring and summer festivals, weddings, and special family reunions. There will be plenty of food, music and expense.

At the same time other places like Nepal will continue feeling the impact of the earthquake that hit the area. It takes a lot to recover from a tragedy such as this one. Many lives have been lost and others will have to endure the suffering of their injuries and loss.

In developed countries where insurance is a common thing, people may recuperate fast.

Usually when big catastrophes happen people try to mobilize resources toward the zone and the initial effort helps some of the people in the affected area.

Nevertheless, many years will pass before the people in Nepal can think of any type of normality. Resources in third world countries are scarce and many live on informal economy jobs that usually disappear when something like an earthquake takes place.

One cannot expect for people in this country to put their lives on hold and stop having celebrations, but maybe some of the expenses could be cut and those moneys can be sent to places where they are more needed.

Besides funding to help with first response aid, some of the moneys from developed countries may be used to help new start up business and less depending economic solutions that may allow third world countries a different way to live and produce their own economy.

It may be noted that around 1985 Ethiopia was the center of attention due to a famine. Since then several worldwide attempts have taken place to fight hunger in the world. Nevertheless, we are far away from meeting the needs of all the countries that need help now, including the ones who used to have some solvency.

The new ‘improved’ seeds that would save the world from hunger have turned out to bring more misery and dependency from abroad to all countries, including United States.

Trading that went into countries with subsidized products not only ruined the local economies, but also left millions of peasants worldwide with no jobs and having to abandon their land.

Agroindustry turn the use of the land into chemical fields that produce food with less nutrition and more susceptible to produce illness. The food production is more and more concentrated in the hands of few, and the decision-making does not take into consideration how many are been affected by their decisions.

At this point we cannot change what happened in Nepal, Philippines, or Haiti, but maybe we can have new ideas to work with the people affected and produce really good changes in their lives.

Even though foreign aid is linked to money management by them, local people could have more organized long term access to manage their reality. In more than one occasion the moneys collected to ‘help’ people affected are used instead in paying salaries, transportation, and other expenses that could be avoided.

At the time of the Haiti earthquake, I asked a local pastor why instead of going to the place bringing the moneys was more of a burden to the local community; that those moneys could be used more effectively by someone already in the local groundwork.

Tourist charity should be discouraged and more trust and collaborative work with the people may be better.

There could be many organized efforts to raise money for the people that need help, but also there has to be a better way to channel the money; also take a second look at the root causes of poverty in other countries. We can all help.




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