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Where’s the Aid Money?

July 29, 2010

On AC360’s 6-month recap, they had an interesting piece on where all that money promised to Haiti has gone. You can read the full story here.

Some “highlights”:

Only four countries have paid any money: Brazil, Norway, Estonia and Australia. Gold star to Australia who has actually already provided the full amount they promised.

The United States pledged $1.15 billion and have paid nothing as the money is languishing in the congressional appropriations process.

Things are faring better with charitable organizations:

Doctors Without Borders — primarily a disaster-relief organization — has received $112 million and spent $65 million, it says. The group plans to spend more than $109 million by the end of the year, spokesman Michael Goldfarb told CNN.

The Red Cross has spent $148 million of the $468 million it has taken in, and is holding some money in reserve for more permanent projects such as shelter and water.

Today, 1.5 million people are still living in tents. It’s 100 degrees and thunderstorms are expected every day for at least the next 10 days.

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