Two Months on, Nonprofits Report Progress in Haiti Relief

Two months after a massive earthquake hit Haiti, the American Red Cross is now working to provide long-term support to the Caribbean nation. The nonprofit group is looking at setting up longer-term shelters, as well as water and sanitation systems, health programs and sustainable livelihoods. To do this, the American Red Cross said it plans to expand its pre-earthquake delegation in Haiti and collaboration with the Haitian Red Cross and other local organizations. The group has so far mobilized some USD354 million for Haitian relief work, USD106.4 million of which has already been spent or allocated for food, water and relief supplies, shelter, health and family services, and livelihoods.

Save the Children, meanwhile, is concentrating its efforts on safeguarding the health and well-being of children, particularly at the onset of the country’s rainy season. The organization said it has provided shelter materials to more than 7,500 households and intends to continue delivering shelter kits, as well as cash grants and potable water. It is also working to build water distribution points and latrines.

Direct Relief International has recently unveiled an online, interactive visualization tool that tracks the flow of more than USD25 million in medicines, medical equipment and supplies it distributed so far to its health partners in Haiti.

“While this mapping system is the result of our internal efforts to accelerate the integration of geographic information systems with our own inventory and supply-chain systems, we hope it will also serve as a tool to make this information transparent and easily understandable to all interested parties,” said Thomas Tighe, president and CEO of Direct Relief International.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.