Haiti and the American Red Cross

Haiti and the American Red Cross

One of the largest humanitarian foundations put themselves in jeopardy and may not be able to be trusted.
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After Haiti endured damages from Hurricane Matthew, hundreds of people were killed and thousands were left with no homes.

To help the despoiled nation, Haiti needs support and funding in order to recover from the austerity. They have experienced two natural disasters with only six years between both.

American Red Cross is one of the biggest humanitarian organizations; it provides emergency assistance and disaster relief; national or international. It is also the government-approved organization that has been helping Haiti.

According to the Washington Post, Haitian citizen and former development worker Francis Francois went to social media to express what to do in order to help the disaster within the cities.One of the first things she stated was to not donate to the American Red Cross.

Her post has been shared by thousands of users, growing a consensus among Haitians and Haitian Americans that the American Red Cross cannot be trusted.

In 2010, Haiti had another natural disaster, they suffered a major earthquake, it decimated majority of the island. American Red Cross was the foundation to manage the relief efforts.The Red Cross had $500 million in relief money to provide an opportunity to rebuild many homes.The Red Cross built only six homes by 2012, spotlighting the organization and becoming heavily distrusted within the charity’s workforce.

The Red Cross is governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, money not made up with in the company but from citizens all over, hoping their donations reach an impact.

How did the Red Cross receive half a billion dollars only to construct six houses?

NPR and ProPublica have had investigations into and critiques on the ethics of the Red Cross. NPR revealed that Red Cross stated it provided homes for more than 13,000 people. But the actual homes were six of all of Haiti.

Gail McGovern, the Red Cross CEO even stated they were going to build brand new communities but none was built.

ProPublica found out the Red Cross mismanaged their funds early on.The Red Cross made efforts to hire locals and put them in leadership positions to format projects on restructuring the company. Basically, the strategy of expertise was a failure, putting halts on fortifying homes for citizens.

NPR reported in June, the Red Cross spent 25 percent of Haiti donations on internal expenses. This camouflaged the claims that they spend money “supporting the 4.5 million Haitians." The actuality is that the Red Cross constructed countless temporary shelters for Haitian citizens.

The placement on the ARC’s ignominy on humanitarian efforts needs a drastic makeover. To make sure donations and nonprofit funding’s for Haiti relief, put your donations within Haitian-led organizations that has higher considerations as Haiti is in desperation for help.

Cover Image Credit: American Red Cross volunteer/ARC

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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The Disrespectful Nature Of My Generation Needs To Stop

Why choosing phone games over a Holocaust survivor was my breaking point.

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While many students that attended Holocaust survivor Hershel Greenblat's talk were rightfully attentive, I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a few outlier students tapping away on their phones. They were minute movements, but inappropriate nonetheless.

Immediately I became infuriated. How, I thought, fuming, did my generation become so blithely unaware to the point where we could not proffer basic respect to a survivor of one of the most horrific events in human history?

Perhaps the students were just texting their parents, telling them that the event would run a bit long. 10 minutes later, my eyes diverted from Greenblat back to the students. They were still on their phones. This time, I could see the screens being held horizontally—indicating a game or a show was being played. I wanted to get up, smack the distractions out of their hands, and ask them why they thought what they were doing was more important than a Holocaust speaker.

I will not waste any more time writing about the disrespectful few. Because they could not give Greenblat the time of their day, I will not give them mine. Instead, I want to focus on a massive trend my generation has mistakenly indulged ourselves in.

The Greenblat incident is only an example of this phenomenon I find so confusing. From young, it was instilled in me, probably via Chinese tradition, that elders should be respected. It is a title only revoked when unacceptable behavior allows it to be, and is otherwise maintained. I understand that not everybody comes from a background where respect is automatically granted to people. And I see that side of the story.

Why does age automatically warrant respect? It is the fact that they have made it this far, and have interesting stories to tell. There are exceptions, perhaps more than there are inclusions.

But this fact can be determined by the simple act of offering an elderly person your seat on public transportation. Sure, it can be for their health, but within that simple act is a meaningful sacrifice for somebody who has experienced more than you.

Age aside, at Greenblat's talk, majority of the disrespect shown might not have been agist. Instead, it could have been the behavior students just there for the check-in check-out extra credit that multiple classes and clubs were offering. While my teachers who advertised the event stressed the importance of attendance not just for the academic boost, but for the experience, I knew that some of the more distracted students there must have been those selfish, ignorant, solely academic driven cockalorums.

I stay hopeful because majority of my classmates were attentive. We knew to put aside our Chromebooks, regardless of note-taking, and simply listen to what Greenblat had to offer.

It would be wrong to label my generation as entitled— that's a misnomer for the generation before. We are still wavering between the line of automatic respect and earned respect, but we need to set a line for people whom we know the stories of. Especially a Holocaust survivor.

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