Sunday 19 November 2017

After the horror of Haiti's quake, we donated millions -- but how will it be spent?

By Thursday of this week, the Irish public had already donated over €5m to Haiti earthquake appeals by Irish aid agencies. It was a typically generous response to a disaster, but how can donors be sure the money is getting through to those who really need it?

Sending supplies -- including food, water and medicines -- has been a logistical nightmare for the aid agencies this week. The airport and roads were initially clogged with military personnel, relief cargo, and camera crews, all scrambling to be there first.

Faced with marketing campaigns from a plethora of different charities, donors may find it difficult to choose between them.

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