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OneYear Followup Report-Transparency of Relief Organizations Responding to 2010 Haiti Earthquake

OneYear Followup Report-Transparency of Relief Organizations Responding to 2010 Haiti Earthquake

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Disaster Accountability Project Releases One-Year Report On The Transparency of Relief Organizations Responding to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Report finds near "Factual-Blackout" in relief/aid organizations' regular, detailed reporting: Aggregates, anecdotes, and appeals to emotion dominate.

Contact:
Ben Smilowitz, 202-556-3023
ben@disasteraccountability.org
Disaster Accountability Project Releases One-Year Report On The Transparency of Relief Organizations Responding to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Report finds near "Factual-Blackout" in relief/aid organizations' regular, detailed reporting: Aggregates, anecdotes, and appeals to emotion dominate.

Contact:
Ben Smilowitz, 202-556-3023
ben@disasteraccountability.org

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Contact Information:

Peggy Atherlay
Communications Director
patherlay@americares.org
203-658-9626

Survey:

10. Contact Details

Your Name:

Carole Leman

Your Email Address

Carole.Leman@agapeflights.com

Your Phone Number

941.488.0990

Your Title at Organization

Director of Development

Additional Comments

Questions
1) Background Information

a) Organization Name:

AmeriCares

b) Overall annual budget:

$745 million

c1) Is your organization currently soliciting
donations for Haiti earthquake relief, response, or
recovery?

Yes

c2) If no, when did your organization stop
soliciting donations for Haiti earthquake relief,
response, or recovery?

N/A

d1) Is your organization currently operating in
Haiti?

Yes

d2) When did your organization begin providing
disaster relief, response, and recovery services in
Haiti?

AmeriCares has been delivering medical
assistance and responding to emergencies in Haiti
since 1984 and were on the ground within 48
hours after the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

d3) If your organization is not currently operating
in Haiti, when did disaster relief, response, and
recovery services cease?

N/A

e1) How much was raised for Haiti earthquake
relief/recovery?

$15.6 million

e2) How much has been disbursed for Haiti
earthquake relief/recovery?

$4 million

e3) How much was budgeted for Haiti earthquake
relief/recovery in 2010?

We do not budget for emergencies. In 2010 we
delivered $40 million in aid for Haiti earthquake
survivors. That includes medicines, medical
supplies, nutritional supplements, bottled water
and water purification treatments. We also
opened a Haiti office and warehouse to distribute
aid throughout the country and hired staff to
oversee long-term recovery planning.

e4) How much interest has been raised on
donations for Haiti relief?

$20,000

e5) How will the interest raised be spent? (Haiti
earthquake relief, Haiti relief overhead, general
operating, unknown, other - please explain)

Overhead

f) Organization's Twitter Handle

@americares

2) Additional Questions

a) # Total Organization Staff

185 Worldwide

b) # Haitian Resident or Citizen Staff

9

c) # Staff Operating in Haiti

10

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d) # Partner Organizations

1223

e) Does your Organization Pass Money to Partner
Organizations?

Yes

f) Does your Organization Allow Donation
Earmarking?

Yes

g) Does your Organization Allow Transparent
Earmarking?

Yes

3. Online Accessibility/Comprehensiveness of Situation Reports

a) Is your organization publishing publicly
available situation/activity reports detailing your
specific activities on the ground? Yes/No

Yes

b) If A is yes, how frequently are the reports
published? (daily, twice a week, weekly, every
two weeks, monthly, not at all...)

Details about our Haiti relief efforts are included
in newsletters published 3x a year as well as
weekly website updates and regular e-mail
updates to our donors.c) If A is yes, please
provide a short description of the content of an
average situation report (mostly factual, hard
numbers, very/less

c) If A is yes, please provide a short description of
the content of an average situation report (mostly
factual, hard numbers, very/less detailed, many
appeals for donations, appeals to emotion, many
quotes, blog-like)

Our reports include detailed project information
including descriptions and value of aid delivered,
information about the health care programs
supported , quotes from aid recipients about the
impact of AmeriCares work and stories about the
patients and health care professionals our aid has
reached.

d) If A is yes, please provide the location of your
organization's publicly accessible online archive
of situation/activity reports (provide specific
URL)

http://www.americares.org/newsroom/publicati
ons/newsletters/

e) Additional Comments

4. Sector(s) of services provided by your organization? (please choose from the list and add any not
listed)

Health, long-term recovery, water, and nutritional supplements

5. Expected outcomes/goals for your organization's relief effort activities?

AmeriCares focus is on health care and helping to rebuild the health care system throughout the country
through our relief efforts, including:

• Responding to disease outbreaks and other health emergencies;
• Continuing ongoing deliveries of medicines and medical supplies;
• Rehabilitating hospitals and health clinics;
• Supporting programs to address chronic diseases, such as diabetes;
• Providing aid for maternal and child health programs;
• Protecting and empowering adolescent girls by establishing “safe spaces” throughout the country;
• Establishing training and education programs for health care workers.

6. Please list any benchmarks for success in your organization's relief operations if any exist.

We place a high premium on accurately monitoring the distribution of all of our shipments. Our reputation for
accountability has earned the confidence of the pharmaceutical and medical supply industries, in addition to our
thousands of financial supporters. AmeriCares works closely with health care partners on the ground as well as
local and international NGOs and the Ministry of Health to deliver the medicines and supplies they need, when
they need it.

7. Please describe how your organization is achieving its benchmarks.

AmeriCares is meeting its goals by investing in health care programs that restore health and save lives. Our focus

is on health care and meeting the needs of the country’s most vulnerable populations, including mothers and

children, adolescent girls and people living with chronic diseases, such as diabetes. We continue to meet urgent

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