Red Cross in Haiti: Real Results Over Visibility

    The American Red Cross was quick to respond to a comment by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who joined a congressional delegation to Haiti earlier this week.

    Wasserman said the group was “actually pretty struck by the fact that we didn’t see the Red Cross anywhere, at all.” She made the remark to Florida radio station WTFL, as reported by the Hill.

    The American Red Cross, which raised some USD409 million for its Haiti relief efforts, asserted that it “has been on the ground” in Haiti since the earthquake struck on Jan. 12 and has spent USD110 million to provide food, water, shelter, health and family services to those affected by the disaster.

    “Our efforts have touched the lives of close to two million people,” the relief group said, as quoted by CBS’ Political Hotseat.

    The organization said its efforts may not be that visible because it works through local Red Cross workers and volunteers.

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      Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.