In honor of the anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, the American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties presents “Haiti, One Year Later” on Friday, February 4 at the REI Seattle Flagship Store located on 222 Yale Avenue North from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Local and national experts will discuss the progress and challenges of the past year’s relief effort and what the future might hold for the people of Haiti. The event is free, and the public and media are invited to attend.
David B. Meltzer joined the American Red Cross in 2005 as the senior vice president for international services. Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Meltzer is directly responsible for the global activities of the organization, including health programs focusing on the prevention of measles, malaria and HIV/AIDS in over thirty countries, the Indian Ocean tsunami recovery program, the Haiti assistance program and disaster response activities throughout the world.
Lisa Hoashi is a public information officer for Mercy Corps. She divides her time between the Mercy Corps operations in Haiti and the organization’s global headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Hoashi reports back to Mercy Corps supporters about agency’s work following the 2010 Haiti earthquake and handles media relations for the country.
Tao Kwan-Gett, MD works for Public Health Seattle & King County. An expert in infectious diseases, Dr. Kwan-Gett co-authored a handbook on infectious and tropical diseases for primary care, and has authored and co-authored several articles on various topics in pediatrics and communicable diseases.
The global Red Cross network is helping hundreds of thousands of Haitians recover from the January 12, 2010 earthquake in the largest single-country response in its history. The American Red Cross has received $479 million for the relief efforts in Haiti, more than $12 million of which was raised in the Seattle area. At the one year mark, the organization has spent and signed contracts to spend $245 million – more than half of the total raised.
Most of the money has been spent on emergency relief including transitional homes, cash grants and microloans, clean drinking water, disaster preparedness programs, latrines and cholera prevention and treatment. The Red Cross is also partnering with organizations such as Mercy Corps to reach more people, increase programmatic and geographic coverage and improve the efficiency of its programs. In the coming years, the Red Cross will continue to responsibly invest the money into essential programs and projects for Haiti until every donated dollar is spent.
The American Red Cross is a non-profit, humanitarian agency dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. For more information, visit www.seattleredcross.org.
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