". . . if we follow the traces of our own actions to their source, they intimate some understanding of the good life." -Matthew B. Crawford, motorcycle mechanic and academic
Friday, November 18, 2011
Construction Workers on Clinic
We learned a few years ago that there isn't much benefit to bringing people to do construction here. Why? Because we take jobs away from locals if we do. Whereas American doctors provide a level of care for patients that few Haitian doctors are able to provide at this point, at the same time, Haitian construction workers have a skill set and knowledge of building in Haiti that American construction workers are unable to match. I guess "partnership" is the key word here. As a friend of mine said to me a few years ago, in the Church, "we should be helping people to do what they do best and freeing them to do so."