Audio-“Following Up: Haiti Recovery Economics”
I found the audio clip by Brian Lehrer very interesting because for once, we hear the side of the Haitians, rather than just hearing our own countries views and praise. After the earthquake in Haiti, most of the focus was on donations to help the victims who were affected by the earthquake. This audio clip points blame on Red Cross saying that a lot of the money that was donated was kept by Red Cross and not for the use of helping Haiti because they believed Haiti does not have the capacity to handle the aid. A guest speaker brought up a good point saying how in order for Haiti to stand up by itself after the help it has received, their own local people need to be trained and educated properly. If Haiti spends more money than they would have on building roads that are constructed from foreign countries, than they should be taught how to manage and care for these roads so that the money extra money spent on these roads will last. Also, he says about building hospitals- what’s the point of building a new hospital if there will be no workers there? Haitians need to be able to perform these tasks and need to have a contract with outside people that they need to train local Haitians. The speaker says this process will take time and money will be spent in not the most efficient way, but I believe this is money worth spending because atleast this will offer long-term jobs to the locals, rather than giving jobs to people who do not reside in the country. I also believe instead of giving Haiti money that half the time, we don’t know who its going to, we should give something that can actually be used in front of our own eyes; have a donation in which the money goes to helping build roads, schools, job opportunities, etc.. in order to help their economy grow so that one day, they will be able to pick themselves up.
“Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy”
In the article “Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy”, the author talks about how in Europe, many women migrate to different countries to provide services, such as the title suggests, nannies, maids and sex workers. These women leave their families in their home countries with relatives such as mothers, sisters etc. in order to go to richer countries to make money and send it back to their families. Years back in America, the breadwinner of the household was always sought out to the father. Women would stay home and take care of their children, while the men were working long hours to provide a meal and a roof over the families head. Shift over to modern day times and we see how in many cases, women are the primary provider of the household finances, or the family cannot survive without the help of a second income.
I find it fascinating how even in Europe, women are not only the caretakers of the house, but also the main financial providers for their families. Women have to leave everything they have in order to make a better life not for themselves, but for their families living in poverty at home. So many people take for granted their commute for work- such as a railroad, or a bus ride; these women have to travel to different countries and go for months without seeing their families in order to provide the bare minimum.