Haitian Situation

Film producer George Rivera will screen three segments on the situation in Haiti, on Thursday, July 30, at 8 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center. Mr. Rivera calls Haiti a country long past the point of desperation, resulting in a dangerous level of donor fatigue made all the more significant by the current economic crisis. In 2008 alone, Haiti received $750 million in direct foreign aid. At the same time, the Haitian people survive largely on remittances from relatives living abroad, the majority in the U.S.

Mr. Rivera will discuss how, as the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, Haiti represents an opportunity and potential model for U.S. foreign aid in the Americas and around the world.

Admission is free for members, $5 for nonmembers.