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One year later from earthquake, Haiti sees little progress!

Updated on January 15, 2011

It is one year today since the devastating, 7.0 magnitude earthquake that took place in Haiti – killing over 50,000 people, in less than sixty seconds; and leaving more than 1.5 million people homeless. According to CBS News – the overall death toll for the earthquake estimated over 300,000 people. Over $6 billion dollars has been donated for Haiti’s relief worldwide, over the past year.

The big question now is - How much progress have we made in one year, and where does Haiti stand as a whole?

According to CBS News, there has been little progress made. In a years time, only 5% of the rubble and debris has been removed. Many relief organizations are using the money donated in small concentrations, to ” do it the right way,” meaning to find the areas most in need.

Although business is back on the streets, little has changed. The majority of Haiti’s residents have not seen relief. Those more ” fortunate” are living in tents, fitting double the amount designated for these temporary “homes”. 800,00 still remain homeless. In the CBS update video, a man struggles to find charcoal to cook with for his five children.

Most debris has been cleared from major roads, it still remains all throughout towns, and serves as a burial for many residents’ family members, neighbors, and friends – ONLY 5% of the debris has been removed in total.

People are living in horrid conditions.

Here are some quotes from Haitian residents:

“They don’t pay no attention to us, they don’t give us nothing”

When the reporter asked a man if he saw any hope in this, the young man replied ” I see no hope”.

CBS News : Progress in Haiti 1 Year Later

List of trusted organizations you can donate to.

There are even simpler ways to donate through text messaging.

TEXT “YELE” to 501501 to donate $5

TEXT “SAVE” to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the children for Haiti earthquake victims.

Don't Forget Haiti!


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