Well, we all pitched in an' did what we could. Fer most Canajuns, that meant openin' up the purse strings an' shellin' out sum dough. Even though this here disaster hit right after the Christmas shoppin', Canajuns gave til it hurt an' raised sum hunnerts o' millions to help out them pore devasted Yessiree Lankans an' the achin' Achenese an' the pore Phukers in Phuket.
I remember readin' a few newspaper stories back then where they was worryin' that the bigass money everybuddy donated an' the dough the gummints all over the place sed they's sendin' might not get t' where they need it. I saw sum stuff 'bout how sum bigass hurricane relief money never got t' Honduras an' sum other places. When all this come up, the folks collectin' an' the gummints all sed, "Don't worry. This is such a big crisis, we'll get the money where it's needed."
Well dammitall, it ain't gettin' there. These folks is still livin' in squalor an' even though we all pitched our pennies in the pot an' the gummint sed they'd match our pennies with sum of our other pennies, the Star's sayin' only 20% or less o' the money's gettin' where it's sposed to. Here's part o' what the Star sed:
The inevitable fear is that the same pattern of waste and inefficiency may continue with the delivery of the $6 billion or so the world has pledged for tsunami relief.Lord thunderin' Jeezuz! Can't nobuddy do nuthin' right?
Unpacked cargo containers still sit on the docks in Colombo, waiting to clear Sri Lankan customs.
Hundreds of thousands of Acehnese still live in squalid camps, with nothing but thin tarps over their heads. And only 4 per cent of the reconstruction costs — around $75 million (U.S.) — has trickled into Sri Lanka, Reuters reports.
Much of the $265 million the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has pledged for tsunami relief this fiscal year (which ends March 31) still sits in the federal government's bank account, waiting for aid groups to submit proposals about how they're going to spend it.