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One Year After Haiti’s Quake, U.S. Gov’t, BofA and Others Still Have Unfulfilled Pledges

12 Jan

by Marian Wang ProPublica, Jan. 12, 2011, 11:30 a.m.

One year after an earthquake shook Haiti and devastated its infrastructure, a number of stories are pouring out from the country about its tent cities [1], its rampant problem with rape [2], the massive amount of rubble [3] that still exists2014and the houses [4] that still don2019t.Much of the emergency aid from governments and charities went to basic services meant to keep people alive temporarily2014tents, tarps, food and medical aid. The Miami Herald reported, however, that reconstruction aid hasn2019t come in quite as quickly:

And while the private money is going fast, the $2 billion governments around the world pledged to spend in 2010 on reconstruction, experts agree, remain mostly on drawing boards and in bank accounts.

The U.S. government, for one, has pledged $1.15 billion [5] to reconstruction. Mother Jones reported that though the government has spent more than a billion on emergency aid for Haiti, only $120 million of the funding it pledged for reconstruction has arrived.

Many large U.S. corporations also pledged funds to Haiti after the quake. While some of that money has been sent, a few companies haven2019t yet [6] made good on their promises. Here2019s Mother Jones2019 tally from last week:

GE has sent the $5.6 million it promised. Google [7] has delivered the $1 million it pledged, Citi [8] has sent $1.5 million out of $2 million and says the rest is on the way, and Wal-Mart [9] committed $500,0002014but then forked over $1.5 million, plus food and blankets.

2026 Bank of America has donated only a third of its promised $1.5 million, and MasterCard has given only $250,000 of the $4.75 million it pledged to give.

We2019ve called a few of the companies and will update if anything has changed.

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