Haiti Earthquake Aid: Nearly $15 Billion in Donations
Three months after the earthquake in Haiti, many people still in need of basic emergency help.
CBS News set out to answer what seemed like a simple question: how much has been spent on and promised to Haiti?
The answer didn't exist in one place.
So we compiled the best figures available to come up with a total.
Total Donations for Haiti Earthquake Relief:
- $4 billion: NGO's and charities. That includes $66 million raised by record-breaking Hope for Haiti Now telethon.
- $1.019 billion: U.S. tax dollars through USAID (as of April 9)
- $1.15 billion: U.S. tax dollars (for future redevelopment)
- $8.75 billion (for redevelopment from non-U.S. countries and world bodies)
TOTAL: $14.9+ billion
(Not included is debt forgiveness which the US and other countries are offering Haiti)
Haiti's government has estimated losses from the quake to be approximately $8 billion. Economists and world bodies have estimated the cost of rebuilding at between $8 billion and $14 billion.
The $14.9 billion donated so far works out to nearly $10,000 for each of the estimated 1.5 million Haitians left homeless and displaced by the disaster. On average, workers there earn just $4 a day. The funding includes emergency aid as well as pledges to help rebuild Haiti to a state better than it was before: new hospitals, clinics, school systems, government buildings, better sanitation and a more modern infrastructure.
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