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American Red Cross reports improved conditions in Haiti following earthquake

Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm

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The American Red Cross has released a three-year update on its response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, made possible by donations from the public.

 The report, which can be found at www.redcross. org/Haiti, shows that hundreds of thousands of people are living in safer homes and have improved access to water and health services thanks to the generous donations following the earthquake.

 “The American Red Cross remains dedicated to spending the money donated for Haiti’s recovery wisely, and the people of East Tennessee who so generously supported our work can be proud that their donations are making a significant difference in thousands of Haitians’ lives,” Boyd Romines, CEO, American Red Cross East Tennessee Region said. “This past year has been about making progress permanent by continuing to in move people from camps into safer homes, building hospitals that will last, and ensuring that communities are better prepared for future disasters.”

 In addition to helping move more people out of camps, the Red Cross continued its work to upgrade transitional homes and repair permanent homes.

 Much of the past year has involved transitioning toward projects that are aimed at building longterm solutions to meet more than just individual or family needs. This includes investing in the creation of fully functioning and resilient communities, from infrastructure and housing solutions to health, sanitation, livelihoods and disaster preparedness.

 Since the earthquake in 2010, American Red Cross programs in Haiti have:

 · Provided clean water and sanitation services for more than 545,000 people.

 · Invested more than $65 million in health services and infrastructure, including construction or operational funding for several hospitals.

 · Reached 3.1 million people with cholera response and prevention activities, including the country’s first-ever cholera vaccination campaign.

 · Assisted more than 465,000 people to be better prepared for disasters like Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Sandy.

 · Spent more than $32 million on livelihoods assistance, including grants, job training, cashfor-work and other help.

 Virtually all of the $486 million donated to the American Red Cross following the earthquake has been spent, committed or allocated for planned housing and neighborhood recovery, health, clean water and sanitation or disaster preparedness projects.

 The American Red Cross remains committed to its support for Haiti and to its promise to continue to invest in the nation’s development until every last dollar has been spent. On average, 91 cents of every dollar spent by the American Red Cross goes directly to humanitarian services and programs.