Target: President Obama
Goal: Follow through on relief efforts to the impoverished nation of Haiti
The 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti. That catastrophic moment brought together people from all over the world to aid in the nation’s recovery. These international relief efforts have brought about improvements – namely redevelopment, improved primary school education, and reduction in both cholera cases and homelessness among quake survivors. Nevertheless, funds generated from worldwide fundraising campaigns now run low, as relief agencies gradually make their exit. Four years since the quake, it would seem Haiti is not just “fragile,” but “forgotten.”
Lacking outside help to develop self-sufficiency, Haiti is ill-equipped to rebuild itself on its own. Home to half the world’s cases of cholera, a waterborne infection that is preventable with proper sanitation, Haiti struggles to finance cholera eradication efforts, according to the New York Times. Goals for job creation and rebuilding of homes go unmet, as human rights issues like minimum wage violations are all too common. Should disaster strike again, the country would face near ruin.
The United States must remember our commitment to relief for Haiti. Governments from around the world pledged $14 billion dollars to go toward recovery efforts. Yet, U.S. federal data indicates that in 2012, barely five percent of U.S. funds actually went to Haitian-led institutions.
Please sign the petition below, and demand greater transparency in spending for humanitarian and relief efforts.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing in regards to the United States’ commitment to humanitarian relief for Haiti. The flood of international aid following the catastrophic 2010 earthquake is now petering out due to dwindling funds, and relief agencies are gradually making their exit.
Contributions from around the world have in large part enabled Haiti’s redevelopment and improvements in the health and education systems. Yet, we forget what remains to be done, and what Haiti cannot do alone. Data from U.S. Agency for International Development indicates that in 2012, barely five percent of U.S. funds actually went to Haitian-led institutions. We can – and must – do better than this.
The Assisting Progress in Haiti Act has achieved bipartisan support in the House of Representatives, and currently awaits Senate approval. I urge you to consider the power of this measure in fighting poverty and ill health in Haiti. We need your leadership to establish transparency in expenditures for humanitarian aid to Haiti.
[Your Name Here]
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