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Red Cross Raised Half Billion Dollars For Haiti to spent lavishly

Red Cross Raised Half Billion Dollars For Haiti to spent lavishly

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According to a joint investigation conducted by by ProPublica and NPR, the Red Cross response has been plagued by failures. The investigators discovered lot of irregularities from mismanagement to huge overhead costs. One of the many critical cases is that the Red Cross stated that they were going to build 700 houses for an amount close to $170 million to help some of the people who were affected by the earthquake. Only six permanent houses were build.

Two news organizations, ProPublica and NPR, have put the spending of the American Red Cross in Haiti under scanner. Following the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, the American Red Cross raised nearly $500 million for Haiti's relief; it was one of its most successful fundraising efforts ever. The organization undertook to build homes, including water and sanitation to more than 130,000 people under a project named LAMIKA on planned partnership basis. An investigation by these two news organizations shows that its efforts were plagued by failures. Lack of experience in rebuilding work, especially in a developing country like Haiti, the number of permanent homes the charity has built so far, is just six. That is just over $83.3 million a house. The organization could not provide details on how it spent the almost $500 million that it received. Some reports suggest that about $69 million was spent on emergency relief, $170 million for providing shelter, donating $44 million for food and $49 million on water and sanitation efforts. Many displaced Haitians were provided with shanty temporary shelters with short term rental assistance. However, the Red Cross has criticized the investigative report and has claimed that they have built and operating eight hospitals and clinics, provided clean water and sanitation, and have helped more than 100,000 people out of makeshift tents. Some agreements could not move forward because of Haiti's dysfunctional land title system.

Video Comments (2)

Raymond Lafontant says...

pas etonnant ...

Haiti a ete pour eux tous une terrain d'experimentation.

que cette lecons servent a d'autres communautes dans le monde.

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Philippe Elie says...

Dans un pays où on s'habitue à acceptef la corruption comme un mode normal de fonctionnement, on se demande comment on pourra arriver á éradiquer ces pratiques si les corrompus et les corrupteurs circulent comme si de rien n'êtait alors que des instruments de la loi
en place dêjà auraient pu les sanctionner adéquatement...

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