Empowerment Is Better Than Charity

While his involvement in Haiti might seem a far cry from his fast life on SoBe, it does not surprise those who know him well.

Michael Capponi’s character was molded by the school of hard knocks. His parents moved to Miami from Belgium when he was small. His father was an endurance swimmer who twice broke the record for swimming the English Channel.

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He’s right when he says it’s a bad idea to keep giving people stuff for free. We all know that famous saying, “give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” Giving people food and medical supplies keeps them alive for the next day, which is a very good thing, but that’s all it does. It might even cause harm. If we don’t give the people of Haiti the means to start supporting themselves, they’ll have an incredibly hard time in developing their nation. People want to succeed, and build things, and grow themselves and their community. They can’t do that with bags of rice alone. Michael is taking the exact right approach by building up industries and infrastructure, and he needs to keep doing exactly what he is doing, or else it will all be for nothing.