Noah Filipiak interviews World Relief’s Haiti Country Director, Joseph Bataille. Haiti was the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere before the 2010 earthquake and even more so after. All this despite millions and millions of dollars of international aid over the course of decades. Noah and Joseph have a “behind the curtain” conversation about how Haiti got in the spot its in, what World Relief is doing about it, and what we all can do about alleviating poverty in ways that work. Noah and Joseph also discuss the perils of compassion fatigue and how to avoid it.
You can listen to Noah’s interview with Joseph Bataille below via the Podbean Player or you can subscribe to all “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast episodes on iTunes
Resources and Links:
December 17th, 2016 Lansing for Haiti 5K Run / Walk (location: Lansing, MI)
“Run From Anywhere” Your City for Haiti 5K Run / Walk (location: anywhere!)
Email Noah if you’re interested in our Haiti Golf Scramble (location: Lansing, MI), date TBD, on a Saturday morning in August 2016.
Book: Haiti: The Aftershocks of History by Laurent Dubois
Book: When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself by Fikkert and Corbett
If you want to connect with World Relief Haiti by getting news updates and joining their prayer team, email World Relief’s Church Relations Director Craig Pixley. Craig can help you and / or your church in any type of church engagement with World Relief Haiti or anywhere World Relief works throughout the world.
To donate to World Relief go to http://www.worldrelief.org/give/
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Such a refreshing perspective that I completely agree with. My wife is half Native American and while the situation in Haiti is far more severe, I see a lot of similarities to the dependency that has developed among some Native Americans. We have had several conversations with people about paying closer attention to what causes they are donating to instead of just throwing money at everything to make themselves feel better but all too often that becomes an argument that ends in “fine i just wont do anything at all to help”. I’m impressed at your (Mr Bataille, not you hollywood) ability to articulate your thoughts in such a polite manner when it has to be frustrating at times for those who cant see “past the curtain”
Noah Filipiak says
BAAHAHA, ogre you are hilarious. Poor Joseph has to interpret the language of an ogre as he reads these comments. Just so everyone knows, Ogre and I (aka “hollywood” to the ogre) are friends. I will leave it at that! Very glad to hear you liked the interview ogre and like what Joseph and World Relief are up to in Haiti. Now if only I could get you to run in the Lansing for Haiti 5K…except you know I’d trounce you so you won’t sign up…
I love how Joseph connects injustice as the root catalyst for poverty (dependency). It allows us to simultaneously fight against injustice/oppression while helping love/teach people out of dependency. Knowing the root of systemic poverty is injustice takes away the judgment factor that paralyzes so many from helping/loving.