Catholic relief to Haiti: $46.8 million has aided 2.3 million people
July 09, 2010
In the six months following the January 12 earthquake that killed more than 220,000 Haitians, the Church’s relief efforts have aided 2.3 million people at the cost of $46.8 million, according to a report coauthored by Honduran Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis, and Bishop Pierre-André Dumas of Anse-à-Veau et Miragoane, president of Caritas Haiti.
“Up to 1.5 million people received food aid, and close to 400,000 people benefited from Caritas healthcare programs following the disaster,” a Caritas press release notes. However, “over one million people still live in makeshift settlements and camps around the capital Port-au-Prince, and providing them with better accommodation ahead of the imminent rainy season is essential.”