“Since January 2010, Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross have joined together to bring lasting change to families in Haiti. Today, many families left homeless by the earthquake have a safe and decent place to call home because of the commitment and hard work of our local teams. I wish to thank the American Red Cross for their partnership in bringing housing and hope to the people of Haiti.“- Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer, Habitat for Humanity.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the American Red Cross was able to help Haitians receive emergency relief and is now providing longer-term support and training to help them recover and rebuild. In coming years the American Red Cross will continue to invest in Haiti relief and recovery programs and projects until every donated dollar is spent.
With hurricane season approaching, the American Red Cross is working hard to prepare vulnerable populations in Haiti with training in early warning systems and emergency first aid, as well as other preparedness measures. Click here for more information on preparations for hurricane season.
Today, the global Red Cross network is:
- Working to transition some 30,000 families into safer, more secure homes.
- Supporting livelihoods, and has already provided cash grants and microloans to help more than 220,000 people with basic needs and to invest in small businesses.
- Sharing hygiene promotion messages with more than 2.3 million people
- Running community-based health programs, which have already reached over 538,000 people.
- Building latrines, which are already available to more than 235,000 people.
- Pre-positioning emergency supplies for about 125,000 people for use during hurricane season
As of August 31, the American Red Cross had 23 international staff and more than 490 Haitian staff at our headquarters in Port-au-Prince.