1/28/10: Update on Red Cross Efforts in Haiti
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1/28/10: Update on Red Cross Efforts in Haiti

American Red Cross reports back to corporate donors via email

Following our fundraising efforts, we stressed to the Red Cross the importance of updating our fellow donors as to how our funds are being used in Haiti. To this end, our contacts have been diligently updating us about the situation on the ground.

As news reports have informed us, Haiti has been repeatedly struck by aftershocks—approximately 57 to date, one of which has closed the sole working pier at the seaport of Port-au-Prince. This, along with increased traffic congestion, remains a serious challenge in terms of aid distribution. However, normal activity is returning to some areas of Port-au-Prince, including banks, supermarkets, and gas stations.

While the situation is far from stabilized, the Red Cross has been working tirelessly to aid in recovery efforts:

  • The American Red Cross has committed $30 million to a partnership with the World Food Programme, which will feed one million people in Haiti for one month.
  • The Red Cross has distributed more than 2.5 million liters of water in Port-au-Prince and Leogane.
  • Two additional disaster relief specialists have been deployed to Haiti and Panama
  • A total of 43 Red Cross flights have landed in Port-au-Prince and the Dominican Republic.
  • More than 500 people per day are receiving health care and treatment at Red Cross health facilities, and an additional hospital will be set up in Carrefour within the next few days.
  • The Red Cross has removed 731 names from their family tracing website because the people in question have been located—and the Red Cross has facilitated nearly 2,000 phone calls between Port-au-Prince residents and their loved ones abroad.
  • Trained Creole speakers are providing translation services for emergency medical personnel aboard the U.S. military hospital ship, USNS Comfort.

Grand Circle Foundation is proud to have raised more than $540,000 to contribute to these important efforts—and we couldn't have done it without our loyal travelers and associates. Once again, we extend our thanks.

Please note: We based this update on information provided by the Red Cross, who compiled their data from a number of sources. The Red Cross strives to provide the most accurate and timely information possible; however, all information should be considered conditional until a final report has been released.

While Grand Circle Foundation is no longer accepting donations for Haiti, we encourage interested donors to give directly to the American Red Cross.