Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Two Months After the Haiti Earthquake

Do you ever wonder where your donations go? I thought you do. The American Red Cross recently published a report card on how we're doing in Haiti.

"As part of its largest international response since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the global Red Cross network has helped nearly 1.9 million Haitians since the country’s January 12 earthquake. It has so far spent or allocated $106.4 million to meet the most urgent needs of earthquake survivors and will continue to support hundreds of thousands of additional survivors in the years ahead until the last donated dollar is spent."

In the two months since the earthquake, the global Red Cross network has:

• Provided relief items for 400,000 people.

• Handed out nearly 99,000 tarps, tents and toolkits.

• Supplied meals for more than 1 million people.

• Distributed 40 million liters of clean drinking water.

• Built more than 1,100 latrines.

• Helped vaccinate more than 125,000 people.

• Coordinated the shipment of more than 1,800 units of blood to medical facilities.

• Treated more than 55,000 people at Red Cross hospitals or mobile clinics.

• Sent more than 23 million text messages with critical health advice to survivors.

• Received more than 28,400 registrations on Safe and Well - its family linking Web site.

• Assisted more than 25,000 people who arrived in the U.S. following the earthquake.

• Deployed more than 600 responders to Haiti.

The Red Cross did all this while responding to local disasters. Thank you to our wonderful donors and volunteers. You made all this possible.

If all those statistics were too much, here's the cliff note version.

Help is still needed! You can donate money online now or by texting 'Chile' or 'Haiti' to 90999.

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