OVER the past year, the Balearic branch of the Red Cross has collected 300'000 euros for aid progammes in earthquake stricken Haiti, the Balearic government confirmed yesterday.
The announcement comes just twelve months after the quake first isolated the Pacific island. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed and the situation has recently worsened due to the outbreak of cholera. The money collected by the Red Cross in the Balearics has come from private donations, and from business and public institution contributions, including 150'000 euros from the regional international cooperation funds.
The Red Cross has not only been carrying out essential work in the reconstruction programme but is also still distributing food supplies, blankets and tents. Its help with getting clean drinking water to communities in need has been particularly important since the cholera outbreak.