Five years after the devastating earthquake, Haiti and its hardships continue to be splashed across international headlines. International donors, however, have gradually shifted their attention elsewhere. The question of "progress" in Haiti remains hotly contested as people around the world, especially Haitians, want to know: "Where has all the money gone?"
Unlike International Child Care (ICC), which has been impacting healthcare in Haiti since 1967, many of the relief efforts were organized by groups who had no prior experience working in Haiti. More importantly, too many relief organizations failed to work alongside the Haitian people. Rather than placing Haitians in positions of action and authority, thus empowering them to rebuild their country, relief efforts were executed from a strict outsider perspective.
For those who want to help Haiti, it is crucial to donate to organizations like ICC that you are personally familiar with, and have confidence in. Not only does ICC have a long and stable history of providing health and hope to children and families in Haiti, but we've worked alongside Haitians from the very start. ICC Haiti is comprised of an all-Haitian staff. For four years in a row, ICC's sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator.
“ICC's coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars -- a rating that, now, with our new Accountability and Transparency metrics, demands even greater rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. ICC's supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”
While the world may never know what happened to all of the money pledged to Haiti's earthquake relief, ICC can assure its donors that their money went to treating a child with tuberculosis whose family couldn't afford medical care. It went to clinics in northern Haiti so that local women could be trained as Healthy Birth Attendants and help rural and isolated women give birth safely at home. Donations funded child vaccinations so that children wouldn't die from diseases that could be easily prevented.
As the world searches for progress in Haiti, we see it every day. We see progress in the more than 400 people who daily come to Grace Children's Hospital for medical attention they cannot afford or receive elsewhere. We see progress in the 17,445 people who received HIV/AIDS testing last year and the 2,548 patients who were treated with anti-retroviral (ARV) therapy. We see progress in the 10,271 children that were treated at the pediatric clinic, and the 16,496 women who received reproductive health services.
However, the reality remains that more needs to be done. More people need help. Your support is desperately needed to fund ICC's life-changing and life-saving programs. Like with all international donations to Haiti, ICC has seen an astounding decrease in donor dollars over the last few years. We need your support, and hope you will join us in protecting our health services in Haiti. You can trust that your donation will provide health and hope to children and families in need.
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