Check out this great post from Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross:
Watching the news this week, it’s likely you’ll see images of how bad things still are in Haiti one year after the earthquake. You might wonder whether your donation has done any good, and whether there is hope. I can assure you that the answer is yes on both counts.
The money Americans donated provided life-saving relief to hundreds of thousands of Haitians. It gave people food, water, protection against the elements, and vaccinations against deadly diseases. It has also enabled us to keep important hospitals open. And with time, more visible signs of progress are appearing, such as the brightly colored transitional homes that we and our partners are building.
Like all of us, I wish the pace of progress was faster. But I have to keep reminding myself that Haiti was a very poor country before this disaster, and that in many cases, aid groups are not rebuilding Haiti—they are building some of the infrastructure for the first time.
It’s a rollercoaster of emotions every time I go to Haiti. There’s deep sadness, despair, but also pride, joy and, yes, hope. With the incredible generosity of Americans, the strength and determination of the Haitian people and the heroic efforts of aid organizations and governments like ours who are helping, there is hope for the people of Haiti.
-Gail McGovern, President and CEO, American Red Cross
Learn more about American Red Cross work in Haiti by visiting www.redcross.org/haiti.