Wednesday, January 12, 2011

One year down... but a long way to go

One year ago today, tragedy struck Haiti in the form of an earthquake.  More than 230,000 Haitians were killed, hundreds of thousands more were injured, their capital, government, office buildings and homes were destroyed and soon after this devastation they were hit with a hurricane, and a deadly cholera outbreak.  The Haitian people are still trying to recover, and we are doing our best to help.    
Since the earthquake struck on January 12th, 2010, the American Red Cross has raised approximately $479 million dollars for the Haiti relief and recovery efforts and we have spent or signed agreements to spend more than half of that in Haiti. 
·         30% of the money has been spent on emergency shelter and basic housing
·         26% has been spent of food and emergency services
·         15% on providing clean water and sanitation
·         13% on health and disease prevention programs
·         10% on livelihoods and host family assistant
·         6% on disaster preparedness activities. 
We’re responding to the cholera outbreak, looking towards the long-term project of building homes and evaluating how we can help contribute to the estimated $12 billion Haiti will need to rebuild.  We have signed agreements with partners to build 6,500 basic homes which will cost approximately $28 million and benefit 32,000 people, as well as committing $20 million towards the global Red Cross network’s efforts to build 30,000 homes which will benefit 150,000 people.
Because of the generosity of our donors, people in Haiti are receiving immediate relief and resources, as well as the necessary support and training to help them recover and rebuild. The Red Cross will continue to spend the money entrusted to us by the American people in the most responsible way possible to help Haiti and its people.

To make a donation to help aid us in our efforts to help Haiti recover, please visit us online.   Donations to this cause will go directly to Haiti relief efforts, and we will be in Haiti until the last donated dollar is spent. 

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