How to rebuild Nepal: Don’t make Haiti mistakes

Last Saturday, I watched with the rest of the world as images emerged in the wake of Nepal’s violent earthquake: the dusty faces of survivors, bloodied bodies, the ruined historic buildings.

It reminded me of the devastation I witnessed after the earthquake in my homeland, Haiti, five years ago — and it made me worry about what will come next in Nepal.

Soon the people of Nepal, with the help of international donors, will begin the rebuilding process. They will face some of the same challenges that we faced in Haiti — and I hope that they will be able to avoid the grave mistakes made by Haitians and by the well-intentioned donors who came to our aid.

There were two disasters in Haiti: the earthquake, and then the humanitarian crisis that followed.

More than $10 billion in foreign aid still hasn’t enabled our country to recover from this disaster.

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