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Many question whether Haiti quake donations put to best use | MiamiHerald.com

Two years after the ground shook in Haiti, more than 500,000 people remain on the street, many of them wondering why all that assistance did not lift them out of dire straits. In a nation where the minimum wage is $5 a day, international aid groups say seven-figure donations aimed at rebuilding the healthcare, housing and school systems were just not enough to alleviate a country mired in poverty.

So while families continue to live in plastic tents, some organizations are running dry and major reconstruction projects are taking years longer than anticipated. Even after the billions were spent and billions more promised, experts say it will be another 10 years of spending before people see serious results.

Oxfam is among the few groups that spell out how much it spent on management: $14.4 million. It also spent $150,000 a month trucking water and $30,000 per month on warehouse fees.

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