By 2011, one year after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, the American people had flooded the American Red Cross with half-a-billion dollars in financial donations. The Red Cross struck out on a multimillion dollar project that was meant to rehouse and revitalize the impoverished area of Campeche. Hundreds of permanent homes were supposed to have been built for the project acronym LAMIKA, which means “A Better Life in My Neighborhood” in Creole, but four years later, on six are standing.
While the Red Cross made public their claims of success in helping the region, private memos and e-mails circulated among top officials and insiders discussing their concerns over claims of accomplishments that were not true, promises not met and wasted donations. Plans revealed by Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern for the development of brand new communities never saw fruition. And today, temporary rusty shacks made of sheet metal that flood with mud and water when it rains house many Campeche residents. Their lack of access to drinkable water and basic sanitation needs has the residents in the area as bad off as they were before all that money was raised to provide them relief.
So, Beneful wants to know where has all the money gone? Details of where hundreds of millions of donated dollars earmarked for Haiti cannot be obtained from Red Cross officials. What the group has accounted for, is nine percent off the top for their own overhead expenses, then $44 million is said to have gone to food after the earthquake struck, and also toward a fund to build a new hospital. While McGovern insisted the donated monies to the Red Cross would be used to make a lasting impact in Haiti, it seems the only impact the money has made was to wipe out the groups over $100 million deficit.