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NPR: American Red Cross Only Built 6 Homes In Haiti After $488 Million In Donations

Laura Sullivan of NPR writes her report on  just where the hell $488 Million dollars in donations for Haiti in response to the Haitian earthquake of 2010 went to nearly a month after VICE News had their own special report on their HBO series by the same name called “Haitian Money Pit.”

The American Red Cross vowed to help Haitians rebuild, but after five years the Red Cross’ legacy in Haiti is not new roads, or schools, or hundreds of new homes. It’s difficult to know where all the money went.

The American Red Cross Has taken to Facebook to respond to the article…

The American Red Cross stands by our work in Haiti. 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. Get the facts:rdcrss.org/HaitiMvF<

The nature of the problem is actually outlined pretty well by VICE’s Vikram Ghandi. The money never actually gets in the hands of any Haitian official, but rather smaller non-profit and for-profit American contractors with little to no oversight in terms of how the money is spent. Basically, we handed a big fat check to the Red Cross, they skimmed from the top and handed it out to contractors who really only cared about getting their contract, and very little about helping Haiti at all. We’ll call it like it is and say it was a giant clusterfuck of an execution to help these people that truthfully are living in conditions you we’re thought possible.

Seriously, fuck Wyclef Jean cause some of us donated…so all I’m saying is

bitch bettah have muh money.

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