Connect With Us
YouTube
RSS

« Off the Pitch: African Philanthropy Comes Into Its Own | Main | Questions for Lucy Bernholz »

Haiti @ Six Months: An Update

July 14, 2010

Haiti_tentcity In a post on the Philanthropy Front and Center - New York blog, our colleague Ines Sucre reminds us that the earthquake which rocked Haiti in January, flattening large swaths of Port-au-Prince and displacing an estimated 1.5 million people, is likely "the largest urban disaster in history."

The characterization isn't Sucre's; it's how UN and Haitian officials have described the aftermath of the 7.0-magnitude quake and is mentioned in an eye-opening New York Times article by Deborah Sontag about the many obstacles to recovery in the impoverished Caribbean nation ("In Haiti, the Displaced Are Left Clinging to the Edge," July 2010).

Removal of rubble, for example, is a $500 million problem (or 40 percent of the $1.3 billion raised to date by nonprofits to help Haiti recover) and would take three to five years with 1,000 trucks working daily; at the moment, the Times reports there are fewer than 300 trucks hauling rubble.

Construction of transitional shelters is another problem. The Times, citing international experts, reports that Haiti will need 125,000 such shelters, but to date only 5,500 have been completed -- and most of those have been built in the countryside, where, Sontag writes, "land issues are simpler."

Ines includes a couple of excerpts from a Times op-ed ("Finishing Haiti's Unfinished Work") written by former President Bill Clinton and Haitian prime minister Jean-Max Bellerive, who are co-chairing an Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission established by the Haitian parliament. (According to the Times, the commission met for the first, and so far only time, in June.) She also provides a roundup of news items and related resources, to which we add here. (Thanks, Ines!)

News

Haiti: Six Months On
BBC Caribbean

"Haiti Earthquake: Six Months Later, Are Relief Efforts Dragging?
Christian Science Monitor

Haiti, Six Months Since the Earthquake (podcast; 30 min., 14 secs)
NPR

"In Haiti, the Displaced Are Left Clinging to the Edge"
New York Times

"Red Cross Announces New, Expanded Haiti Relief Programs"
Philanthropy News Digest

"Six Months On, Haiti Aid Push Falters
Wall Street Journal

Resources

"Six Months Later: The Haiti Earthquake"
About.com: Nonprofit Charitable Orgs (Joanne Fritz)

Haiti: How Can I Help? Models for Donors Seeking Long-Term Impact
Center for High-Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania

"How Charities Are Helping Haiti: How Much They Raised and Spent"
Chronicle of Philanthropy

Focus on: Haiti Earthquake Relief and Recovery
Foundation Center

Crisis in Haiti: Six Months On
International Rescue Committee

Haiti Earthquake: Six-Month Report
UNICEF

"Report Faults Haiti Aid Groups on Openness" (Dot Earth blog)
New York Times

Have a news item or resource you'd like to see included in this list? Feel free to share in the comments section.

-- Mitch Nauffts

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Contributors

Quote of the Week

  • "Just because something is statistically significant does not mean it is meaningfully significant...."

    Ashley Merryman, author, Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children

Subscribe to Philantopic

Contributors

Guest Contributors

  • Laura Cronin
  • Derrick Feldmann
  • Thaler Pekar
  • Kathryn Pyle
  • Nick Scott
  • Allison Shirk

Tweets from @PNDBLOG

Follow us »

Tags

Other Blogs