‘Relief fund reacted quicker to Hurricane Harvey than Red Cross’

September 18, 2017

RED LOSS: “Do you know who opened our shelters? We did. Do you know who sent water and supplies? We did. People didn’t have cots, we got them blankets. We didn’t get a darn thing from the Red Cross. So if anyone wants to send them money, don’t waste your time, don’t send your money, send it to other causes.” – Houston city councillor Dave Martin.

 

MIXED FORTUNES: This is the main charity shop in High Street, Poole. The Red Cross has had good coverage of their handling of the refugee crisis across the southern Mediterranean, but locals in Houston, Texas, have not seen their contractors despite American citizens having donated multi-million pounds to their campaigns.

 

MINIMAL COSTS: A You Tube viewer called Lenny S wrote this in defence of the American Red Cross on a piece of work accusing the NGO of abandoning the victims of Hurricane Harvey. He wrote: “The Red Cross operating costs are 9%. That means that 91 cents of every dollar goes to victims. They do all they do on a shoestring budget. There is no better organization in the world.”

 

A NON-government organisation has come under fire for not doing anything to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Many people across Dorset and Somerset regularly give to the Red Cross in response to international emergencies and disasters, but some may have reasons to question their priorities in their desperate need to feel “relevant” and “progressive”.

Red Cross is global charity

Previously I have donated small amounts to the charity, that has a presence on Poole High Street in the shape of a charity shop, but with those donations, comes transparency as to where money goes but this councillor in Texas suggests there isn’t any. Yes, this is a British Red Cross, but they are a global brand.

Here in Europe, the Red Cross was named alongside Save the Children and Medecins Sans Frontiere of colluding with people traffickers and providing a “water taxi ferrying service” to mainland Europe by Italian foreign minister Angelino Alfano. The charities strenuously deny the allegations. It has been claimed that some of the people traffickers have links to Daesh.

Sometimes events are out of their control, as Muslim male migrants in Macedonia in this clip from 2015 did not want to receive parcels from the charity due to the unavoidable emblem, which they say offended them..

The Houston Flood Relief Fund was set up earlier this month after the city was flooded by Hurricane Harvey and the organisers of this fund say they know numerous people who barely escaped with their lives. The fund was raised as NGOs like the Red Cross have not been seen on the ground and the local community felt they had to do something tangible to ensure that relief and funds actually directed to the displaced.

‘I beg you don’t send them a penny’

Houston city councillor Dave Martin made these damning observations about the charity in a press conference: “My last rant will be on the ‘Red Loss’, I’m sorry the Red Cross. If anyone wants to donate to the Red Cross, please call me I beg you not to send them a penny.

“They are the most inept, disorganised organisation I’ve ever experienced. I’ve been in Kingwood fighting this thing “(the hurricane) and have not seen one person from the Red Loss, yet everywhere I turn on the TV they are receiving multi multi-millions of dollars.

City of Houston supplied emergency aid

What are you guys doing with it? “How many contractors are you helping us with? Do you know who opened our shelters? We did. Do you know who sent water and supplies? We did.

“People didn’t have cots, we got them blankets. We didn’t get a darn thing from the Red Cross. So if anyone wants to send them money, don’t waste your time, don’t send your money, send it to other causes.”

The full transcript of this press conference is covered in this programme and can be viewed here.

‘Red Cross operating costs are 9 per cent’

In response to a critical video highlighting the allegations made by supporters of the Houston Flood Relief Fund, a subscriber called Lenny S wrote this: “The Red Cross operating costs are 9%. That means that 91 cents of every dollar goes to victims. They do all they do on a shoestring budget. There is no better organization in the world. There is also no other organization, public or private that works that cheap.”

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