Foreign Aid for New Orleans

From Scout:

While this is Good and as an American I feel Grateful why do I also feel Embarrassed by it?

The nation of Qatar plans to announce today roughly $60 million in grants to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina, including $17.5 million to Xavier University of Louisiana, the only historically black Catholic university in the United States.

Other beneficiaries are Tulane University, Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, Habitat for Humanity, Louisiana State University and the March of Dimes.


“Hurricane Katrina was so devastating that everyone in Qatar and the rest of the world felt a responsibility to really act,” Mr. Khalifa said. More than 50 countries donated money, expertise and materials, according to a tally by Foreign Policy, a magazine published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Poor nations also donated. Less than a year after the Indian Ocean tsunami engulfed it, Sri Lanka gave $25,000 to the American Red Cross. Bangladesh gave $1 million, Cyprus $50,000, Ghana $15,000 and the Dominican Republic $50,000.

And they know how we operate. They are giving the money directly to recipients….

“Our past experience is that while you can give to any organization or to a government,” he [Qatar ambassador] said, “you have no control over the money and then you discover the people most affected have not benefited.”