We Wrote A Report On What The Red Cross Did With A Half Billion Dollars Donated For Haiti Relief. We are reporters from ProPublica and NPR. We're Joined By A Haiti Aid Expert And A Former Community Organizer in Haiti. Ask Us Anything.
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I'm Justin Elliott, a reporter for ProPublica.
I'm Laura Sullivan, a reporter for NPR.
I'm Francois Pierre-Louis, a political science professor and former community organizer in Haiti.
I'm Jake Johnston, a Haiti aid expert at the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
The American Red Cross raised nearly half a billion dollars following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010 — far more than any other charity providing relief. Internally, the disaster was seen as "a spectacular fundraising opportunity."
But on the ground in Haiti, the Red Cross effort was marked by a string of failures. A ProPublica and NPR investigation uncovered confidential memos, emails from top officers, and accounts of a dozen insiders that show how the charity broke promises, squandered donations, and made dubious claims of success. For instance, the charity claimed it provided homes to more than 130,000 Haitians. They didn't. They built only six permanent homes.
Today we'd like not only to open up this investigation to you all. And not just questions about the work, but also what relief has the Red Cross managed and how have Haitians benefited? What recourse is there for unfinished work or unanswered questions? And anything else.
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p.s. If you have information about the Red Cross, please email justin-at-propublica.org or LSullivan-at-npr.org.