Haiti: Where Did the Money Go?

When a devastating 7.0 earthquake leveled Haiti's capital in January 2010, the world responded. In America alone, half of all households donated a stunning $1.4 billion to a total of 23 major charities. But where exactly did all that money go? 

Ten months after the quake, we went to Haiti to find out—and what we found was the big business of emergency aid. Some said that what was happening was nothing more than “disaster profiteering.” Others said relief organizations were just doing the best they could under very difficult circumstances.

Haiti: Where Did the Money Go won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow for News Documentary in 2013.

The fact is that more than a year after the earthquake, roughly 2 million Haitians remained homeless in squalid camps. Seventy percent of those camps had no latrines, and in the ones that did, thousands of people shared a single toilet. Malnutrition was on the rise, while cholera became a constant threat, and about ninety-eight percent of the rubble remained un-cleared. With at least 10,000 known aid groups operating in Haiti—the most per capita in the world— we asked a simple question: why are people still living like this?

And then, we went back again. What we found 20 months after the earthquake was shocking.

Through interviews with the American Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, anthropologists, aid experts and more, this fascinating hour uses the situation in Haiti to explore how disaster aid really works, why it often doesn’t, and which organizations are the most effective on the ground. We walked hundreds of camps, twice, and, we let the Haitians tell their own story, especially a 25-year-old mother of two small children, Wilna Vital.

 

Trailer for "Haiti: Where Did The Money Go?"

 

2012 Premiere Screening of "Haiti: Where Did The Money Go?" in port-au-prince, haiti.

Photos from the premiere screening of "Haiti: Where Did the Money Go?" at the Carradeux Camp for Internally Displaced People in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 12, 2012.

 

Screening of "Haiti: Where Did The MOney Go?" on capitol hill in washington, D.c.

Photos from the screening of the documentary with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, January 2012 including Representative Yvette Clarke and Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee with Dr. Mark Schuller, Nicole C. Lee, Mark Weisbrot, Ben Smilowitz, Sophia Lafontant and Michele Mitchell.

 

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