The Red Cross made a promise to Haiti to help provide homes following the 2010 earthquake that devastated the region.
They promised they would build hundreds of thousands of homes for people who had been left homeless by the destructive earthquake but they have failed massively. In fact, to date, they have built just six homes despite the fact that around half a billion dollars were donated.
130,000 Homes Promised, Only 6 Built
The plans of the Red Cross fell through as they did promise to build 130,000 homes to home the survivors of the earthquake. Many people were left with nothing following the huge earthquake. People from around the world offered relief for the victims, however, thanks to many errors; the plans to build the homes had to be halted. Worse still many people are now in doubt that the houses are going to be built.
Many regions were devastated by the earthquake and they have yet to be rebuilt. The earthquake left many people living in shacks that had been put together hastily from whatever debris could be collected. Many people do not have access to clean water, while others struggle to get dirty water.
Memos Leaked Reveal Many Errors Made by Red Cross
Memos have been leaked from the Red Cross that show just how many errors they actually made. These errors hindered the erecting of the buildings and it has been said that they could all have been avoided if there had been better management and planning within the Red Cross. Former employees hired to work on the project have said that staff had been hired at the time and they were unable to read Creole or French. This meant that many of them had been unable to work in the environment properly.
The director at the time was Judith St. Fort and in a memo dating back to 2011, she talked about how the managers who were responsible for the operation had made some remarks about the Haitian employees that were very disturbing. In a report, she highlighted her concerns about the operation in Haiti and said that they needed the right leadership on the ground in order to be able to operate effectively. She also highlighted many issues and concerns from her last trip, all serious concerns about leadership that was lacking.
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