Originally published 1.12.11
Today, January 12, marks the one year anniversary of the deadly 7.0 earthquake that brought destruction to Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Hundreds of thousands left dead. Over 1.5 million still homeless.
Billions of dollars were pledged and raised from across the globe to aid in the recovery. However, what happened to the money?
Over 50 countries initially pledged an excess of $8.75 billion in humanitarian aid but less than 15 percent ($686 million) of that has arrived….
Besides the thousands of charity groups in the country, two major forces, the Red Cross and the United Nations peacekeepers, have also come under fire.
The Friday Haiti Relief Coalition based in New York has been protesting for months against the American Red Cross and other non-profits for holding on to millions in donations collected for Haitian relief efforts.
According to the Disaster Accountability Project’s One Year Report On The Transparency of Relief Organizations Responding to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, the American Red Cross has raised $479 million for relief and recovery but is on track to spend only $245 million by Jan. 12.
In a statement on January 11, President Obama said, “The international community must now fulfill the pledges it has made to ensure a strong and sustained long-term effort.”
To add to this, the worst cholera epidemic in the last century has impacted over 122,000 people, killed nearly 2,600, yet is preventable.
According to another Final Call report, cholera is described as a “water-borne malady causes dehydration, diarrhea and too often death…”
Access to clean water is critical right now. What can we do?
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam purchased a Mobile Max Pure solar generator that purifies water. The $120,000 unit reportedly has the capabilities of pumping and purifying an estimated 30,000 gallons of water a day.
There are already five Mobile Max Pure solar generators inside Haiti and the Nation of Islam will be providing the next one. The Muslim group is hopeful that other religious institutions, civil rights groups, and those who can afford it individually, will find it in their heart to invest in this water purifier to save lives and give hope.
Read the full story and how your group can get involved at: “Nation of Islam purchases water purification unit for Haiti”
This is something we all can do right now.
Don’t forget Haiti.