The White House is updating U.S. citizens on its efforts to help victims of Haiti’s disastrous earthquake.
Many wonder how their text donations and checks are being translated into relief for Haiti, and the White House has provided an outline of where all the funds are going and in what form their donations are arriving.
In the latest report released January 20, the same day that a 5.9 magnitude aftershock rocked Haiti, it was revealed that the U.S. has donated almost $171 million in humanitarian assistance.
When broken down, that total is comprised of about $150 million in donations from USAID offices and another $1 million in Dominican Republic health assistance.
So far, more than 5,000 people have been treated by Disaster Medical Assistance Teams. Providing additional support, the USNS Comfort touched down in Haiti yesterday, bringing a 1,000-bed hospital facility with them. Lastly, up to $20 million in funds have bee approved under the Haiti Disaster Relief Execution Order.
Just over 13,050 hygiene kits arrived in the Port-au-Prince on January 19. Those kits will help an estimated 65,280 victims. Five U.N. World Health Organization medical kits arrived the same day, but there’s no word on how many people that will help.
The country is also making sure the people of Haiti access to food and clean water in the wake of the earthquake. For starters the U.S. Coast Guard has delivered about 38.5 tons of water to the disaster-struck nation, and we’ve set up six water purification units that each produce 100,000 liters of clean water day.
In addition to that four food distribution hubs have been set up , supplying 190 distribution scattered about Haiti.
While this is a good star, we’ve still got a long way to go. If you’d like to give to the relief effort see our list of trusted charities and benefits here.
— Sonya Eskridge