Navy Capt. Jim Wink said, “Right now they have the attention of the world.” Wink, chief engineer for Joint Task Force (JTF) Haiti, spoke to ENR in his command tent beside the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. “Donors have pledges of $9.8 billion [USD], but they are going to need to have meaningful projects, with some level of confidence they are going to be executed responsibly before they will put that money up. But if properly applied, it could make things a lot better here,” he said.
Wink has been on the ground since Jan. 29 and was preparing to rotate out of the country on April 19 as the JTFHaiti mission wound down. He had been initially in charge of setting up camps for the 8,000 troops that flowed in for emergency support in the days immediately after Jan. 12’s magnitude -7.0 earthquake mauled the country.