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Few major Haiti reconstruction projects have begun

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Workers stand at the construction site of homes being built for people displaced by the 2010 earthquake on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. As the hemisphere's poorest country marks the second anniversary of the earthquake that killed some 300,000 people, only about half of the $4.6 billion in promised aid has been spent, half a million people are still living in crowded camps and only four of the 10 largest projects funded by international donors have broken ground.

I guess any progress is welcome, but I wonder if these homes are built to withstand another earthquake.

AP reports: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The billions of dollars in aid that flowed into Haiti after its shattering earthquake were meant to build a new nation with thriving farms, apparel factories, modern hospitals and paved roads in the countryside.

Ambitious plans call for $500 million to build 50 new grade schools, $200 million to give Port-au-Prince its first wastewater treatment plant, and $224 million to create an industrial park for 65,000 garment industry workers — all aimed at laying the groundwork for a new Haiti.

But as the hemisphere's poorest country marks the second anniversary of the earthquake that killed some 300,000 people, only about half of the $4.6 billion in promised aid has been spent. Half a million people are still living in crowded camps. And only four of the 10 largest projects funded by international donors have broken ground.

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Jenry Del Rosario, 30, an electrician, checks electric cables on iron rods being used to build homes for people who were displaced by the 2010 earthquake on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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A woman sweeps the road near new homes being built for people displaced by the 2010 earthquake in Zoranje, Haiti.