International Aid Offers Promise, but Roadblocks Remain

In Haiti, International Aid Offers Promise, but Roadblocks Remain 1

Ben Depp for The Chronicle

Patrick Attié is head of L'Ecole Supérieure d'Infotronique d'Haiti, a private institute that has a partnership with Virginia Tech. The U.S. institution provides help with technical training as well as teaching methods.

In the aftermath of the devastating January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, international humanitarian groups and volunteers poured into the country, bolstering what was already one of the world's hot spots for nongovernmental organizations.

But the magnitude of the disaster—an estimated 300,000 were killed and one million left homeless out of a population of 10 million—far surpassed the response capacity of the international community. It also highlighted the need for a more