Episode 460: It's Hard To Do Good

May 23, 2013
Originally published on May 22, 2013 10:03 am

In 2010, we reported on a poor town in Haiti, where school was held in a small, one-room church.

Planet Money listeners were moved to donate some $3,000, which the principal of the school thought would be enough to build a school. A few months later, the money was gone, and all there was to show for it was a foundation, some concrete blocks and some rock and sand.

We thought that would be the end of it. Then we heard from Tim Myers, a retired contractor from Colorado who decided to go to Haiti to build the school — and who realized, in 2011, that the project would cost more than $100,000.

On today's show: We return to Haiti, to see how the project is going. And we hear from Tim Myers, who says, if he had it to do over, he might do things differently.

To learn more about TIm and the Haiti School Project, visit their website.

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