Dispatch 12 February 23, 2010
Unified Diaspora Response – “Mission Possible”
On February 13, just 10 days ago, the Haitian Resource Development Foundation (HRDF) published a dispatch to the international community explaining why the voices of Haitians living abroad should be heard above the rumble of the earthquake. The dispatch is attached as background. In it, HRDF asserts that Haitians living abroad:
- A. have a collective desire and growing commitment to have a role in Haiti’s future
- B. have demonstrated increasing professionalism and achievements in all fields urgently needed by earthquakes survivors
- C. have reasoned priorities and guidelines for making a transition to a modern democratic state
- D. are, in our view, the most logical as well as qualified candidates for formulating, receiving, implementing and evaluating foreign aid to Haiti
At this point, these are the valuable assets Haitians living abroad bring to the table as individuals, groups, organizations, coalitions or what have you. Donors and decision-makers about Haiti’s fate would be well advised to recognize and take full advantage of these assets.