Monday, July 27, 2015

Where Did The $500 Million Collected Fund Relief Of The Red Cross For Haiti Really Go To?

In 2010 Haiti suffered a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that left a nation struggling to overcome the disaster, even today. Five years ago, the Red Cross launched into action to help rebuild and transform the areas that suffered the most. As a result, people gathered to support Haiti and the Red Cross from around the globe, providing a massive relief fund of five hundred million dollars.
To date, the population in Campeche, who were a main focus of rebuilding for the Red Cross Projects, is still yet to see much benefit. The intention was to provide basic sanitation, shelter, and electricity to the stricken area.
“Like many humanitarian organizations responding in Haiti, the American Red Cross met complications in relation to government coordination delays, disputes over land ownership, delays at Haitian customs, challenges finding qualified staff who were in short supply and high demand, and the cholera outbreak, among other challenges,” reported, an investigative journalism site awarded with the Pulitzer Prize.
But the question arises, is land ownership and customs an excuse to misallocate an extensive portion of the donations received? As of June 2015, according to propublica, only six houses had been built in the area. Not bad for claims of helping over 130,000 people with accommodation with half a billion dollars.


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