On May 21, 2010, April Watkins graduated with a nursing degree from the University of Texas at Austin. That same day, she left for Haiti, part of a medical relief mission in the wake of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that had devastated the country.
The American Red Cross spent a quarter of the money people donated after the 2010 Haiti earthquake — or almost $125 million — on its own internal expenses, far more than the charity previously had disclosed, according to a report released Thursday by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley.
Sunday, as part of World Environment Day, the United Nations in Haiti reiterated their support to Haiti in its commitments to increase good environmental and agricultural practices. UN experts in Haiti emphasize that responsible management and protection of the environment at the institutional and community levels, as well as land development, are essential to the economic and social development of Haiti. Indeed, pollution and unsustainable use of land and marine ecosystems weaken economic alternatives (particularly tourism, agriculture, fisheries and energy) and increase the risk of extreme poverty. These factors are interdependent with disabilities of systems of access to water, sanitation and waste management, and also have an impact on the risk of waterborne diseases, energy poverty and the vulnerability of the population to natural disasters.