The morning comes to Hotel room in Dominican Republic, I turn on CNN, and I think I need closure. I lived in Haiti for two months, and then just when I leave, the country of Haiti experiences a terrible Earthquake.
It is kind of on the same line of when you go to the equal opportunity office and they as you to check on your form what race you belong to. I never understood that one myself. One day I am tempted to mark Eskimo on the form and see if anyone notices (How would they know?).
I live in the "developing world" in the nation of El Salvador, years ago I befriended a few ex combatants, veterans on both sides of the El Salvadorian Civil War (1979-1992), like I was in late 1965, most of them were "recluted" or drafted in one way or another and one veteran who has been in combat can understand what teh other has gone through. I was in Viet Nam, my Batallion Cmdr. was a Graduate of West Point (In the late 1980s I took care of him for a year in Guatemala) who told us in Nam that "the "liberal" policymakers in Washington have sent me to fight a war I cannot win" I got out alive. We are all equals. I meet from time to time those who hold "important" positions in NGOs here, one Director is purchasing herself a $125,000+ home in an upscale area of El Salvador. Good for her. USAID is a pack of elite jackals. Other "Aid and Disaster Relief" organizations range from terrible to really worthwhile. There are far left organizations promoting an agenda through to Missionary organizations from Evangelical organizations. I help to help local friends I have known for a long time, I care about people, not political agendas or religious dogma.
I like your stance on NGOs few online in the travel world have the guts to tell the truth. I'm just a poster, not a Webmaster. I see the truth, the corruption and the end game of fundraising and egomania month in and month out, my local associate goes to the meetings and conferences, then we have a good laugh over the 'jerks' in the coffee place.
Saludos de El Salvador.
PS PD Good luck in Pana, the entire lakeshore is now full of algae and pollution. Not the crystal clear Lake Atitlan I remember.
Much of El Salvador and Guatemala's Maquilla Industry is now close or working at less than full capacity, with some exceptions, like Fruit of The Loom, much of the work has gone to China.
No doubt you'll find dozens of locals eager to sew in Pana.