It seems as if I’m always angry with the nonprofit sector in Haiti. To be honest, I am more disappointed than angry. I find it hard to believe that not everyone cares. This is a list of what I wish I had known.
- There is a misconception of registration in Haiti as well as within the Haitian diaspora. Yes, having 501(c)(3) status is great; however, not doing your research and legalizing yourself in Haiti takes away from your mission.
- The Haitian government has no background in the nonprofit sector and the policy they follow dates back twenty-eight years ago. Whoever is handling the nonprofit sector lacks the proper education of the nonprofit sector.
- It is quicker to open a nonprofit than a business. This is why Haiti will remain a charity case.
- Corruption runs deep in this sector. Based on a 1989 decree, the nonprofit sector is a piggy-bank for corrupt government officials.
- Having worked for a nonprofit in Haiti on your resume is like receiving a gold medal for doing nothing but it will open the right doors in a developed nation.
- Seventy percent of missionary workers that go to “help” is actually having a ball at a lounge, drinking while driving, and posting pictures on their social media to prove that they are helping.
- Those who wish to do good are psychopaths in disguise…doing good to feel better about themselves.
- Religious nonprofit organizations dominate the nonprofit sector in Haiti because of the country’s history.
- Local nonprofit organizations do not know how to manage their organization in order to have an impact; thus there is a nature of bureaucracy where the ones who don’t benefit are the communities who are the greatest in need.