2012 Haiti Two Year Anniversary Update

Southern Missouri Region

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield MO 65803

417-832-9500 Ext. 1107

Contact: Nigel Holderby

holderbyn@redcross-ozarks.org

Donations to American Red Cross Helping Haiti Recover and

Rebuild at Two-Year Anniversary of Earthquake

American Red Cross; Southern Missouri Region – 1/8/2012 – Two years
after the Haiti earthquake, the American Red Cross is helping people
rebuild their homes and their lives and improving communities with
health, water and sanitation projects.

In a two-year update, the American Red Cross highlighted its emergency
work after the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, as well
as its recovery efforts over the past year.

“People in Missouri and across the country responded to help Haiti, and
their donations are making a difference with recovery and rebuilding,”
said Greg James, American Red Cross Southern Missouri Region Chief
Financial Development Officer. “The money provided life-saving relief to
millions of Haitians after the earthquake and is now being used for
longer-term housing, health, safe water and other recovery programs.”

The two-year report on Red Cross relief and recovery efforts in Haiti
can be found at www.redcross.org/haiti.

Despite many challenges – such as the ongoing cholera outbreak – the Red
Cross has made significant progress in Haiti. For example the pace of
home construction has increased rapidly, with the American Red Cross and
the rest of the global Red Cross network providing housing to more than
100,000 people as of December 2011.

Other highlights of the past year include:

* Providing clean water and sanitation services to more than
369,000 people
* Providing health services and hygiene education to more than 2.4
million people
* Reaching more than 3 million people with cholera treatment and
prevention
* Teaching more than 436,000 people how to better prepare for
disasters
* Providing livelihoods assistance – grants, jobs and other help –
to 114,000 people

The American Red Cross received about $486 million in donations
following the earthquake, and has spent and signed agreements to spent
$330 million on Haiti earthquake relief and recovery efforts in the
first two years. The largest portion of spending has gone to food and
emergency services, followed by housing, water and sanitation, health,
livelihoods, disaster preparedness, and response to the cholera
outbreak.

In the coming year, the American Red Cross will focus on programs to
renew communities, which includes constructing and repairing homes,
providing clean water and sanitation, health education, livelihood
support and disaster preparedness programming. The American Red Cross
also will continue to support hospitals and clinics that are critical to
providing access to needed medical treatment in Haiti, and will maintain
its efforts to combat cholera and teach people how to prevent diseases.

For additional information please contact Nigel Holderby:
holderbyn@redcross-ozarks.org

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood;
teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and
supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a
charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on
volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its
mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org
<http://www.redcross.org/> or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org
<http://blog.redcross.org/> .

-End-

K. Nigel Holderby

Chief Communications Officer

American Red Cross

Southern Missouri Region

(417) 832-9500 ext 107 (p)

(417) 207-6349 (c)

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