Here’s a headline you don’t see every day: ” How the Red Cross raised half a billion dollars for Haiti and built six homes.” That’s just over $83.3 million a house, according to my iPhone calculations.
Or around the same price as the monstrosity of excess known as the American Versailles, located in Windemere, Fla.
To be fair, the money that was funneled into Haiti in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake wasn’t divvied up so neatly. That’s the big takeaway from ProPublica’s latest Red Cross investigation, which explores how the international charity grossly mismanaged its response to one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the Western Hemisphere.
Over the last year, the investigative nonprofit has published multiple scathing critiques targeting the Red Cross, including stories about distrust among the charity’s workforce and a highly critical look at its response to Hurricane Sandy.