Monday, July 12, 2010

Haiti: Six months later

Thanks to donors across the world, including those in the Kentuckiana area, the Red Cross has raised a total of $468 million for Haiti relief and recovery efforts. During the first six months 1/3 of the donations have been spent as follows:

38% on food and emergency services
35% on emergency and transitional/semi-permanent shelters
10% on livelihoods and host family assistance
8% on health and disease prevention programs
5% on on disaster preparedness activities
4% on providing clean water and sanitation

The shelter and financial assistance agreements to be signed in the next several weeks will add another $71 million in spending.

A lot of work has been done, and there is still so much more to do. Red Cross will use the remaining funds on long-term recovery spanning the next 3-5 years. Spending plans focus on health, shelter and financial assistance.

For a detailed report on the progress in Haiti and future relief plans, check out the full press release.