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Resource ID: #13717
Subject: Nonprofits
Source: Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)
Date: 1996-06-30



The series found that: Assistance by U.S. charities to Mexico's poor often fails to reach them or is useless to the intended recipients. Projects are abandoned by advertised by charities as big successes. Medicine past its expiration date is given away. Organizations in Mexico complain of "useless" shipments of aid. There exists a "culture gap" that causes U.S. charities to build projects their recipients don't want. Mexican red tape stalls aid at the border for months. Mexican officials help themselves to aid - including $1 million that was squandered on a political campaign and $1 million worth of medicine that disappeared in Mexico City.

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