Volunteers Continue to Help Rebuild Haiti One Year After Quake
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti just before 5:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. The quake left much of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas in ruins, nearly a quarter of a million people dead and another 1.5 million homeless. According to MSNBC, the damage was estimated at about $8 billion. Celebrities from Wyclef John to George Clooney came out in support of Haiti, holding fundraisers and telethons and generating billions of dollars toward the recovery efforts of the Caribbean nation. While aid organizations and non-profit groups continue to answer the call for help and travel to Haiti, there is still much reconstruction and rebuilding to be done. But hope remains.
According to the Red Cross, more than 3 million people sent more than $32 million in donations to the organization through the mobile giving program. In 2010, the American Red Cross focused its expenditures on shelter, food and emergency services in Haiti. In 2011, with the help of volunteers, they hope to fund the building of traditional homes so Haitians can move out of camps and into healthier living environments.
One year later, now that the Port-au-Prince airport is open and plans to open a hotel at the airport are underway, more aid workers are finding their way to Haiti.
You can still help the Haiti Relief Efforts. Check out our article on Gadling for more information on travel to Haiti and donations.
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