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December 1st, 2010
Episode 329 of 921 episodes
Earlier this year, we reported on l'Artibonite, a rice-growing region in Haiti. The people there were suffering because an influx of free rice from foreign aid groups destroyed the market for their crop. Listeners responded, donating some $3,000 to support a school that figured prominently in the story. That's about 10 years of wages for the average Haitian. The principal, Enselm Simpliste, thought he could use the $3,000 to build a schoolhouse. We recently visited the school to see how things were coming along. The news is bad: All the money has been spent, and all there is to show for it is a foundation, some concrete blocks and some rock and sand.