NGOs Mostly to Blame for Slow Haitian Recovery, Says Nonprofit Executive

    Non-governmental organizations working to rebuild quake-hit Haiti are mostly responsible for the sluggish rehabilitation of the Caribbean country, according to an executive of a U.S.-based nonprofit.

    Eric Klein, founder of Can-Do, has urged donors to hold NGOs accountable for their operations in Haiti, CNN reports.

    “I don’t want to say nothing has been done, and you don’t want to take away from the groups that are out there, trying their hardest to make a difference,” Klein said. “But where is the master plan? People are dying. People are running out of time.”

    Klein, whose charity has helped build an orphanage in the quake-ravaged country, has expressed frustration over the slow pace of Haitian recovery.

    “When you get out there, it is again the first day of the disaster - it is like you are there for the first time,” Klein said. “The need is still so great - the disaster is not over, and in some ways it is just getting worse.” 

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