SAN DIEGO, January 11, 2012 — Two years after the Haiti earthquake, the American Red Cross is helping people rebuild their homes and their lives and improving communities with health, water and sanitation projects.
In a two-year update, the American Red Cross highlighted its emergency work after the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, as well as its recovery efforts over the past year.
“People in San Diego and across the country responded to help Haiti, and their donations are making a difference with recovery and rebuilding,” said Joe W. Craver, CEO of American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter “The money provided life-saving relief to millions of Haitians after the earthquake and is now being used for longer-term housing, health, safe water and other recovery programs.”
Donations ranged from $1 - $16,000 from over 2,300 local residents.
The two-year report on Red Cross relief and recovery efforts in Haiti can be found at www.redcross.org/haiti.
Despite many challenges – such as the ongoing cholera outbreak – the Red Cross has made significant progress in Haiti. For example the pace of home construction has increased rapidly, with the American Red Cross and the rest of the global Red Cross network providing housing to more than 100,000 people as of December 2011.
Other highlights of the past year include:
• Providing clean water and sanitation services to more than 369,000 people
• Providing health services and hygiene education to more than 2.4 million people
• Reaching more than 3 million people with cholera treatment and prevention
• Teaching more than 436,000 people how to better prepare for disasters
• Providing livelihoods assistance – grants, jobs and other help – to 114,000 people
The American Red Cross received about $486 million in donations following the earthquake, and has spent and signed agreements to spent $330 million on Haiti earthquake relief and recovery efforts in the first two years. The largest portion of spending has gone to food and emergency services, followed by housing, water and sanitation, health, livelihoods, disaster preparedness, and response to the cholera outbreak.
In the coming year, the American Red Cross will focus on programs to renew communities, which includes constructing and repairing homes, providing clean water and sanitation, health education, livelihood support and disaster preparedness programming. The American Red Cross also will continue to support hospitals and clinics that are critical to providing access to needed medical treatment in Haiti, and will maintain its efforts to combat cholera and teach people how to prevent diseases.
About the American Red Cross, San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter
The American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people to provide our programs and services. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information about or to support the chapter please contact (858) 309-1200 or visit www.sdarc.org. Please also connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.