ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. It has just issued a well-researched and explosive research article on the mismanagement of the Red Cross funds in Haiti.
In late 2011, the Red Cross launched a multimillion-dollar project to transform the desperately poor area, which was hit hard by the earthquake that struck Haiti the year before. The main focus of the project — called LAMIKA, an acronym in Creole for “A Better Life in My Neighborhood” — was building hundreds of permanent homes.
Today, not one home has been built in Campeche. Many residents live in shacks made of rusty sheet metal, without access to drinkable water, electricity or basic sanitation. When it rains, their homes flood and residents bail out mud and water.
The Red Cross received an outpouring of donations after the quake, nearly half a billion dollars. This heavily researched report includes memos from Red Cross executives warning of poor results. The Red Cross in Haiti is a travesty.
Well worth your time to read and next time you donate money, remember it.
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