Camp Corai IDPs have been given an evacuation order but no where to go! We promised not to abandon Haitians, again.
I don't understand how Clinton and the big NGOs can be so heartless.
- Haiti wants major camp evacuated ahead of storm NGOs and Haiti Government tell Haitians IDPs to evacuate camps and they are on their own to get through storm!
Aid workers are scrambling to prepare but are badly short of supplies including shelter material because of the responses already under way to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake and an unprecedented cholera outbreak that has killed more than 330 people and hospitalized more than 4,700.
A U.S. Navy vessel, the amphibious warship Iwo Jima, was steaming toward Haiti on Tuesday to provide disaster relief.
Some of the biggest concern is for 1.3 million earthquake survivors still living under tarps and tents nearly 10 months after the disaster. The government said there are some shelters in the capital - a handful have been built in nearby Leogane and several hours north in Gonaives - but basically people will be on their own if Tomas hits.
- Haiti: ‘We’ve been forgotten’
‘Right to Food. 75% of families had someone go an entire day without eating in the past week and over 50% indicated that their children did not eat for an entire day - Right to Clean Water. 44% of families primarily drank untreated water - Right to a Sanitary Environment. 27% of families defecated in a container, a plastic bag, or on open ground in the camps - Right to Housing. 78% of families lived without enclosed shelter - Right to Health. There were 245 independently listed health problems among 45 families - Right to Protection From and During Displacement. 94% of families felt they could not return home while 48% had been threatened with forced eviction since the earthquake.’
- PIH MUST READ
US withheld humanitarian AID that was going to be used to upgrade water system!
While Haiti has not had a documented case of cholera since the 1960s, the conditions in the lower Artibonite placed the region at high-risk for epidemics of cholera and other water-borne diseases even before the earthquake of January 12, 2010. In 2008, Partners In Health working with partners at the Robert Kennedy Center for Human Rights released a report of the denial of water security as a basic right in Haiti. In 2000, a set of loans from the Inter American Development Bank to the government of Haiti for water, sanitation and health were blocked for political reasons. The city of St. Marc (population 220,000) and region of the lower Artibonite (population 600,000) were among the areas slated for upgrading of the public water supply. This project was delayed more than a decade and has not yet been completed.
- Insult to injury: Cholera has Haiti reeling, and Bill Clinton & Anderson Cooper haven't done enough
For example, the Clinton-Bush Haiti fund, inaugurated by President Obama with both former Presidents at his side, is still running Web advertisements that say "100% of donations go directly to relief efforts." That's a cruel lie, considering the quake victims living in flood zones under withered plastic tarps. Only 8% of its $50 million had been spent by this summer, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
- 'Focusing on Long-term Development' in Times of Cholera and Crisis Clinton Bush Fund only spent 8% of donations and has no Haitian employees. They claim that they are saving money for longterm development. Bush devastated Haiti by blocking aid. Clinton devastated Haiti by forcing it to reduce rice tariffs. They are both largely responsible for Haiti's dire poverty. In utter arrogance Clinton admits focus on Haiti's business class-the elites that don't need help.
Within hours of my op-ed being published in the New York Daily News today, the $50 million Clinton Bush Haiti Fund posted an update on its Facebook page called “Cholera Concern,” which includes this sentence: “While other organizations in Haiti are using their resources to deliver immediate humanitarian aid, we are using our resources to focus on long-term development so that these crises are prevented.”
Look at the screen shot of an Oct. 25 article about Haiti on Fox News. The advertisement for the fund is doubly deceitful: “100% of donations go directly to relief efforts,” it says. That is a lie, period. Relief is what earthquake victims desperately need right now to protect them from an oncoming hurricane. It’s what they’ve needed for the past ten months to make tent camps more livable.
Relief is not the same as long-term development, especially the fund’s chosen brand focusing on Haiti’s business class. I thought planning and executing long-term development was the Haitian government’s job. There are no Haitians on the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s board of directors.
- Inside Story - Haiti's cholera epidemic 10-25-10 Al Jazeera 25 minutes-showed interview with Red Cross driver that said with no shame they distribute no drinkable water. When asked why he said it was hard (what does he think he is getting paid for) and he said IDPs have to buy water? When asked he admitted that was impossible.
- Haiti: Cholera Outbreak Highlights Clean Water Crisis 10-28-10 CRS has no plans of installing water filter in camp. These large NGOs are unbelievable. Do there employees drink camp water? or would they even wash their feet with the water?
The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported in July that Catholic Relief Services had spent $30 million out of $140 million raised for earthquake relief in Haiti. Some $21 million came from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), designated specifically for water and sanitation services in Port-au-Prince’s displacement camps.
A senior member of another relief group, who requested anonymity, told IPS that CRS does not intend to install water purification systems in the camps until next year. “That seems like a long time for someone living in the camps,” the aid worker said.
The water and sanitation coordinator for CRS confirmed it has no plans to install water purification systems in camps at this time, but is delivering extra-chlorinated water to some camps by truck. A joint report in September by the City University of New York’s Haiti Initiative and Haiti’s Faculty of Ethnology found that 40 percent of camps don’t have access to water and 30 percent have no toilets.
- starts 16 minutes into it. Interview with -- @BENatDAP Cholera shouldn't have happened. NGOs LET it Happen. NGOs raised money for Haiti but left 1/2 in the bank (gathering interest) and let this happen. Living conditions deteriorating it is ridiculous with the billions of dollars our there the organizations that raised money should not have let it happen. He said 16 billion raised for Haiti NGOs did not/are not delivering and lack transparency. They cannot coordinate because do not report where they are and what they are doing. We have pictures of babies. NGOs that raised money based on the urgency of need have not acted with urgency. The NGOs did not invest in systems to relieve these problems. Here is his website Disaster Accountability
- UN probes base as source of Haiti cholera outbreak 10-27-10 --303 people have died and 4,722 hospitalized. UN Denies that excrement leaks into the river. But AP made an unannounced visit and confirms residents stories.
The U.N. issued a statement on Tuesday defending the base. It said the Nepalese unit there uses seven sealed septic tanks built to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards, emptied every week by a private company to a landfill site a safe 820 feet (250 meters) from the river.
But those are not the conditions AP found on Wednesday.
A buried septic tank inside the fence was overflowing and the stench of excrement wafted in the air. Broken pipes jutting out from the back spewed liquid. One, positioned directly behind latrines, poured out a reeking black flow from frayed plastic pipe which dribbled down to the river where people were bathing.
- MINUSTAH aim gun at Ansel Herz an unarmed journalist 10-15-10 MINUSTAH is in Haiti to protect the elite and the elites property and to keep the poor docile while the elite and IC exploit them.
NGOs act like because Haiti has been poor for so long Haitians don't need/deserve shelter. I believe that NGOs think that the money is for them to give people raises with, to spend on SUVs, travel expenses, and to expend their poverty industry business. Now that the storm is coming they jumped into action? Why wasn't it important to get them our of the rain, or to feed the orange haired due to malnutrition children, or for schools and protect them from being raped before?
The US illegally blocked humanitarian loans already agreed to by IFIs to Haiti in 2000. The loans were specifically designated to upgrade Haiti's water system including the area that Cholera started.
The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and Partners in Health are two excellent NGOs because they help Haiti with immediate need but also work on structural changes to make Haiti more equal and less dependent on NGOs and foreign aid. Haiti is not hopeless; we, the US, need to change our oppressive and unjust Haiti policy.
These NGOs do good work!
The Aristide Foundation for Democracy (AFD) was created in 1996 by former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (the first democratically elected president of Haiti) with a simple principle in mind: "The promise of democracy can only be fulfilled if all sectors of Haitian society are able to actively participate in the democratic life of the nation."
Partners in Health (****/A+) has now started a BLOG about its efforts called Stand with Haiti. It has very useful information. Partners in Health is also putting out a call for health volunteers, in case you are a medical professional who can help out that way.