Thanks to the generosity of the American public, almost five and a half years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the American Red Cross continues to make a difference in the lives of millions of Haitians who desperately needed help and humanitarian assistance.
With the fund, the American Red Cross has helped build and operate eight hospitals and clinics, stem a deadly cholera outbreak, provide clean water and sanitation, and move more than 100,000 people out of make-shift tents into safe and improved housing. When land was not available for new homes, the Red Cross provided a range of housing solutions including rental subsidies, repairs and retrofitting of existing structures, fulfilling our promise to ensure tens of thousands of Haitians are back in homes. We also built and repaired schools, roadways and water distribution points vital to neighborhoods.
Despite the most challenging conditions, including changes in government, lack of land for housing, and civil unrest, our hardworking staff—90 percent of whom are Haitians—continue to work to meet the long-term needs of the Haitian people. While the pace of progress is never as fast as we would like, Haiti is better off today than it was five years ago.
The Red Cross is disappointed to see our work has been misrepresented in some media so please learn the facts about our recovery program in Haiti and to hear from those we have helped and continue to help, please visit www.redcross.org/haiti. We have also published 13 Facts about the Red Cross Response in Haiti which directly addresses the numerous inaccuracies in recent media reports.
While the Red Cross has fulfilled our promise to make sure tens of thousands of Haitians are back in homes. There is still much to do.
For 134 years, the American Red Cross has been there to help people in need; and we will still be there for the next disaster or emergency to help people here in the communities we serve and in other areas around the world.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Red Cross of the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina and the American Red Cross.
Angela A. Broome
Chief Executive Officer
American Red Cross Western North Carolina Region