Where did the money donated to Haiti go?

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    sandra rinckposted 13 years ago

    The total amount of money pledged to Haiti for their recovery was about 5.3 billion bucks but so far Haiti has only received about 2% of that money.  There are storage houses with food that they aren't giving to the Haitians and they have't started cleaning up so the people can go back to their homes and start building their rebuilding their lives. 

    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/ … cd.01.html

    So where did the money go?  This is the official transcript from CNN about 1/2-3/4 the way down, (sorry no video), who actually gave the money they pledged?  I was completely aghast. 

    Well I want to say congratulations Australia for being the only country to actually give the full amount.

  2. Cagsil profile image69
    Cagsilposted 13 years ago

    A prime example of the corruption within Charitable organizations on a global scale. wink

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      sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      So how do we get the money back so that it can be given to them?

      1. Cagsil profile image69
        Cagsilposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        It is not likely to get the money back. The government will not address the corruption or even see that the corruption exists, so they are not likely to do anything about it.

        It is unfortunate, but a well documented fact over the past couple hundred years... lol lol

        And, the fact that some people think that more government involvement would be even better....goes to show people are not paying attention to what is happening around them.

        I have said this before and I'll say it again for those who do not know me or what I have said- MANY charity organizations operating in the U.S. are nothing more than a deduction for the capitalists(elitists).

        These companies do nothing compared to what should be done and even the regulations in place already are useless, because the foolish regulators are not doing their damn job to begin with.

        When a company can receive $1 Billion and use less than 1%, and get away with it....the corruption is deep.

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          sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          I knew smaller charities did these things because they needed a portion to keep the charity running but to give nothing or a fraction so small... 

          Gadzooks!  How can they watch them die and starve and have families separated, living in tents that are being destroyed as well and not  help them. 

          I know it happens because it is happening but I my brain is unable to make a connection as to how anyone could do something so outright wrong.

          There has got to be a way.

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            karthikrajgposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            I think (and suffer) exactly like you do.I have donated to charities and as many say it is mostly a waste of money - though i sometimes feel happy that atleast 2% reaches the poor.

            ...it is a shame and i am still struggling to find a proper path to help.

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      Home Girlposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I guess you know my opinion about charities sad

  3. I am DB Cooper profile image80
    I am DB Cooperposted 13 years ago

    Sadly, this is the way too many charities work. For charities based in the United States, you can access their tax records to find out more about their financials. I really wouldn't trust any charity where the CEO gets paid more than six figures. Charities should first and foremost be about helping, not creating lucrative jobs. I was sad to see Wyclef's charity, Yele Haiti, was so rife with corruption, including a huge salary for Wyclef's assistant through the charity when it appears she didn't do any work for the charity, and "benefit concerts" that for some reason still paid Wyclef a six figure appearance fee for performing. Makes you wonder who the concert was supposed to benefit.

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      sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Seriously?  Please give me a link to check that out.  That suprises me considerable.  He is like their savior so it doesn't make sense that he would do such a thing.

      He invest most of his own money to the people there, at least that is what he says.

  4. Shadesbreath profile image78
    Shadesbreathposted 13 years ago

    Some of it is lost to corruption.  Some is wasted in duplicate spending because Haiti does not have an organized decision making process.  And a lot of it, like the billions being held by the Red Cross are NOT being spent rapidly because the country has no way to absorb the expense.  There is no infrastructure and no systems in place to channel, direct and process billions of dollars.  It would be like trying to pour a bathtub full of marbles through the cardboard tube in a roll of toilet paper.  The money is not gone.  The Red Cross and a few others have addressed this question and it seems reasonable.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor … =128417565

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      sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I know some hold on to it and give in increments.  What I don't understand is how zero,none, nadda has been given to them.

      And how come Australia was able to give them all the money but everyone else was either a fraction or absolutely nothing. 

      That is what is mind boggling.  It's been six months and not a dine?

      1. Shadesbreath profile image78
        Shadesbreathposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Erm, there's been way more than a dime.  Have a look at that article.  It's a great place to start if you're really interested in this topic.

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          sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Helloo! Smarty pants. lol

          I know I put the article up.  I am talking about 2% of 5.3 billion dollars.

          Of those Charitable countries only 4 gave the money and only 1 gave the whole sum.  So I am talking about the ones who did not give any of the money at all.

          1. Shadesbreath profile image78
            Shadesbreathposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            Hello back Ms. Smartier Pants (lol)... I meant the one I linked.

            But, I'm not trying to say it's not a mess.  It does seem like more could be done somehow.

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              sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

              lol, my bad. big_smile

  5. Ralph Deeds profile image63
    Ralph Deedsposted 13 years ago

    I'm suspicious, too, of some of the big charities who spend too much on administrative costs (salaries of bureaucrats), but on the other hand it does take time to spend money wisely. The Haitian government is barely functional and not well equipped to perform an active and wise coordinating function. As a result coordination is lacking. Also enough equipment to remove the debris from city buildings and streets is lacking. This is a slow process. From what I've read that not enough has been done to relieve the suffering of the people.

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      sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I have heard that the Haitian government is corrupt itself and very unorganized.  But there are bull dozers and stuff already there ready to clean up the mess but they are growing weeds around them.  They remain untouched.

    2. ausie profile image52
      ausieposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I agree that it takes time to co-ordinate the aid but what are all the troops doing while they are encamped in Haiti?    I thought they were the ones put there to help and organise the aid.  It didn't take this long to help the poor suffering people in Indonesia did it?

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    sandra rinckposted 13 years ago

    Okay Shades, I read your link and it's not much different if any from the one I posted from CNN. 

    The only discrepancies between the two articles is the amount of money they say was pledged altogether.  CNN saying 5.3 billion and the other 9 billion. 

    Regardless, the gist is the same.

  7. BobbiRant profile image60
    BobbiRantposted 13 years ago

    After 9/11 we believe charities are honest?  The CEO of most charities makes very good money.  Gee, wonder where that money comes from?  I'd rather press $100 into a homeless person's hand than trust a charity.

    1. Sab Oh profile image55
      Sab Ohposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That would probably not be doing them any favor.

      1. ausie profile image52
        ausieposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Would it be kinder to spend the $100 on a warm coat or a hot meal?


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