Haiti one year on

Photo from Guardian.co.uk

As we approach the one year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake of January 12, 2010, it is a sad reminder of how little has actually been done to rebuild Haiti.  Only the most basic of healthcare and tent accommodation is available for the 1 Million that are still homeless, and unbelievably only 5% of the rubble created by the earthquake has been cleared.

These are shocking statistics considering over $2 Billion was pledged to the relief efforts, with only 42% of funding has actually been spent and the coordination between the UN and all other aid agencies has been very poor to date.

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Haiti Fundraiser NYC, December 16th: RMF selected as beneficiary by Urban Zen

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Haiti racing to stem Cholera epidemic

BBC news reporting that while Haiti missed the brunt of the Hurricane Tomas storm, the flooding that followed the heavy rains has greatly increased the risk of a large cholera outbreak in the capital, with more than 70 cases reported in Port-au-Prince, and more than 540 people killed in the areas outside of the capital that were first affected.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11729665

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Tomas Storm tracker images & update for Haiti

Storm track has been adjusted a little further west — and storm strength was lowered slightly prior to Tomas moving just west of Haiti early tomorrow morning.  However – its the right side or specifically the NE quadrant of hurricanes/tropical storms that are associated with the greatest lift/rain forcing and coastal storm surge as water will be moving onshore on the southern half of Haiti (maybe on the order of 2-5 feet near the beaches on the south coast). Flooding rain and winds gusting 50-65 mph will be the main impacts.

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Haiti braces for heavy rains, refugees have nowhere to go

Haiti is bracing itself for Tropical Storm Tomas and the heavy rains that are due to follow.  Refugees are being advised to leave the tent camps but have nowhere to go.

From BBC news:

Haiti has been placed on high alert as a powerful storm sweeps in, threatening thousands of earthquake survivors still living in camps.

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“UN condemned over ‘appalling’ Haiti earthquake camps” (BBC news)

Just in case people have forgotten that very little has actually been done to resolve enormous tent city/homeless situation in Port au Prince, or the fact that the  $1 Billion the US promised has yet to materialize due to political games being played in the US Senate….the BBC has checked back in on the situation in Haiti and reviewed a recent report published by Refugees International and is not impressed, here is their not so uplifting update:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11491537

In addition to RMF supporting a team of nurses in one of the few remaining small hospitals in Port au Prince, we are continuing to push for a much larger scale health care capacity building project, but as with most initiatives down there dealing with immense funding challenges with very little promised money actually being delivered.

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