When I look at the things that I’ve learned from 2003 (the first time I set foot in Haiti) to today (2015), I think that 98% of what I’ve learned could fall under one particular sentence or phrase……

“I didn’t think so…….”

So many things that you see and experience in the world of caring for those who are less fortunate could fall under that classification.

Did you know that……..?

No, I didn’t think so.

Did you know that ______________?

No, I didn’t think so.

Dd you know that if you spend ___________ on __________ it actually does ______________________?

No, I didn’t think so.

International development, aid, orphan care, malnutrition prevention, job creation, farm subsidies, whatever term you want to use, whatever area you want to attempt to make a difference in,  there’s one rule that seems to always apply.

“I didn’t think so.”

I didn’t think that would happen.

I didn’t think that doing “A” over here would cause “B” over here.

I didn’t think that building this here would cause “that” over there.

It’s horribly complex.   There are no easy answers, there are no easy fixes.

If someone says there is an easy fix, they are either uneducated or trying to sell you something.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to take a look at some of the misconceptions that plague orphan care, adoption, development, fundraising, non-profits and more……..

Stay tuned…..

Tom