The world responded generously to Haiti's earthquake, immediately donating over $2.5 billion, with another $1.2 billion pledged, even before the March 31 UN Donor's Conference. This works out to over $1,000 per earthquake victim. But over two months later, hundreds of thousands of Haiti's earthquake victims live without waterproof shelter, eat once a day or less, and do not receive adequate medical care.
As of March 24, the UN estimates that over 330,000 people needing shelter had not received any shelter materials. For over 75% of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who do receive help, "shelter materials" means tarps, not waterproof tents; Nearly half of the respondents in a late February survey of IDP camps reported having received no food aid (Neglect in the Encampments: Haiti's Second Wave Disaster, Mar. 23, 2010); and Earthquake victims complain that they have not been consulted regarding earthquake response planning or execution.
For two compelling videos showing conditions in the IDP camps, see www.blog.newmediaadvocacy.org.
The governments and NGOs entrusted with the world's generosity need to respond more efficiently and effectively to Haiti's earthquake. This means better coordination among aid providers, more transparency about where and how they are spending our money, and more participation of earthquake victims in the planning and execution of earthquake response projects.
Please sign the petition below to let those who have received your charitable contributions and tax money know that you still care enough about Haiti to watch where your money is going (people and organizations were chosen to represent a cross-section of those working on earthquake response in Haiti. We don't mean to imply that those chosen are particularly responsible for the aid failures. Everybody responding to the earthquake needs to do better).
Although I appreciate the heroic efforts that many individuals and organizations have made to respond to the earthquake, it is simply unacceptable that over 330,000 – over a quarter of the displaced in Port-au-Prince – have not received shelter materials, and over half report not receiving food aid. Earthquake victims report that they are not consulted by relief agencies, or involved in the distribution of aid.
As a donor and a taxpayer, I am insisting that the governments and NGOs entrusted with the world’s generosity respond more efficiently and effectively to Haiti’s earthquake. This means:
1) better coordination among aid donors and providers;
2) allowing more participation of earthquake victims in the planning and implementation of earthquake response projects; and
3) more transparency about where and how Haiti earthquake funds are spent.
Thank you for your attention to this matter!