The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) today donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross for Haiti relief and recovery effort.
“The American Red Cross is untouched as the turn-to, trusted organization for disaster relief,” said U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, D-N.J., at an event at the Haitian embassy in Washington D.C. just days after the six-month anniversary of the devastating January 12th earthquake in Haiti.
“At the half year mark, it is important to understand that there are no quick fixes for an area that was absolutely destroyed,” Payne said. “While we know that the spirit of the Haitian people is dominant and resilient, we also know that there must be a real commitment of time, effort and funds to rebuild the community.”
The Red Cross donation was part of $100,000 in three Haiti relief contributions made today by the CBCF, which is a non-partisan, non-profit group that seeks to broaden and elevate the influence of African Americans in the political, legislative and public policy arena. CBCF also donated $50,000 to Partners in Health and $25,000 to CARE USA.
“These groups are making a daily difference in the lives of so many Haitians,” Payne said.
Haitian Ambassador Raymond Joseph, who had returned only hours earlier from Haiti, thanked the CBCF and non-profit organizations for their support of Haitian relief and recovery.
Other members of the Congressional Black Caucus who attended the event at the Haitian embassy – U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush, D-Ill., U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas – called for people to not forget the needs in Haiti after the focus of news media and public attention turns elsewhere.
Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross, thanked the CBCF for its generous donation and praised the members of Congress for keeping the voice of the Haitian people alive.
“I’ve made three trips to Haiti, and each one has left me filled with a combination of hope and despair – hope because of the progress that had been made and the incredible resiliency of the Haitian people, and despair because so much more remains to be done,” McGovern said.
“I want to assure everyone who has generously donated to us – including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation – that the American Red Cross will spend the money donated to Haiti relief and recovery transparently and wisely,” McGovern said, adding that the Red Cross will likely be working in Haiti for the next three to five years.