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Focus turns to raising money, financial accountability in Haiti quake recovery

BY ONZ CHÉRY AND SAM BOJARSKI
The Haitian Times
www.haitiantimes.com

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An aid worker with Hope for Haiti hands out backpacks to schoolchildren in southwestern Haiti. Courtesy: Hope for Haiti

After Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, when billions of dollars in aid were squandered by major non-governmental organizations or awarded to American contractors, Haitian-Americans watching from aboard learned to demand accountability when it comes to helping Haiti. This time around, many of these Haitians-Americans, like Garcelle Menos of Brooklyn, are choosing to work directly with groups they feel they can trust.

That’s why next month, Menos is organizing a fundraiser to benefit nonprofit Hope for Haiti, which supports children through education and health programming.

“They’re so transparent, all their financial documents are right there on their website,” Menos said.

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