Haiti Relief Effort - One Year After The Earthquake

January 11, 2011 Updated Jan 11, 2011 at 5:40 PM EDT

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Haiti Relief Effort - One Year After The Earthquake

January 11, 2011 Updated Jan 11, 2011 at 5:40 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY, January 10, 2011 (release)— The American Red Cross has released a one-year report on how the Red Cross has helped hundreds of thousands of Haitian survivors after the January 2010 earthquake, what has been done to respond to new issues such as the cholera outbreak, and plans for the years ahead to support Haiti’s recovery.

“Thanks to the generous contributions of so many donors, people in Haiti are receiving immediate relief and resources, as well as the necessary support and training to help them recover and rebuild,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “Red Cross efforts saved lives and improved the quality of life for Haitians with emergency shelter, food, water, latrines, medical treatment and other supplies.”

“People in Western New York responded quickly to help Haiti, donating over $1 million,”said Nancy Blaschak, Executive Director of the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter. “Their generosity has made a real difference in the lives of Haitians.”

Donations ranged from $333,538.56 from M&T Bank/M&T Charitable Foundation and employees, retirees, and customers of M&T Bank; $47,956 from customers of Delta Sonic; $25,203.53 from customers of First Niagara Bank; over $17,000 from Gernatt Asphalt and its employees; to $100 raised by selling baked goods door-to-door.

Since the earthquake on January 12, 2010, the American Red Cross and the global Red Cross network have provided:
· Medical care for nearly 217,000 patients
· Cash grants and loans to help 220,000 people
· Latrines for 265,000 people
· Daily drinking water for more than 317,000 people
· Emergency shelter materials for more than 860,000 people
· Vaccinations for nearly 1 million people
· Food for 1.3 million people for one month

Since the earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, the American Red Cross has raised approximately $479 million for the Haiti relief and recovery efforts, including more than $32 million from the record-setting text donation program.

At the one-year anniversary of the earthquake, the Red Cross expects to have spent and signed agreements to spend $245 million, which is more than half of what has been raised. Specifically, 30 percent of the money will have been spent on emergency shelter and basic homes; 26 percent on food and emergency services; 15 percent on providing clean water and sanitation; 13 percent on health and disease prevention programs; 10 percent on livelihoods and host family assistance; and 6 percent on disaster preparedness activities.

The remainder of the money will go to longer-term recovery over the next several years, with spending plans likely to evolve to respond to changing needs.

In addition to responding to the earthquake and its aftermath, the Red Cross worked to provide help following the cholera outbreak last fall. The American Red Cross has spent more than $4.5 million and plans to spend at least another $10 million to fight the spread of cholera.

The entire one-year report on Red Cross relief and recovery efforts in Haiti can be found at www.redcross.org/haiti.

“The Red Cross will continue to spend the money entrusted to us by the American people in the most responsible way possible to help Haiti and its people,” McGovern said.

About the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter:
The American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter prepares for and responds to community disasters and emergencies and helps people lead safe and healthy lives. In the past year alone, the Greater Buffalo Chapter provided 1,031 individuals with food, shelter and clothing after a fire, trained over 36,000 people how to prepare for an emergency, assisted 1,493 service members and their families, trained over 32,000 people in lifesaving skills. The Greater Buffalo Chapter provides services to senior and family care givers, along with transportation and housing support to persons living with HIV/AIDS. The Red Cross is a charitable organization-not a government agency– and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.