Controversy of the American Red Cross

Our public controversy topic involves the legitimacy of the American Red Cross, which people believe is an honest organization.  Although the American Red Cross strives to help victims of disasters,  this organization proves to be untruthful in its efforts to support individuals affected by specific tragedies.  For example, according to an article for the National Public Radio, individuals are uncertain about where the five hundred million dollars raised by the American Red Cross was used after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.  The American Red Cross promised to help the Haitians build permanent homes and provide clean water, but after five years there are neither new homes nor schools.

I am researching the counter argument for the belief that the American Red Cross proves itself as dishonest.  I have discovered that this organization is meant to help disasters that are small because otherwise they have extra money to spend in various ways.  According to the article, The Red Cross Won’t Save Houston, the American Red Cross is unaware of how they should spend the money that they raise. This extra money should be used by other charities, which is what staff members tried to accomplish.  Since only a small portion of money can be used to help individuals during the state of emergency, not all of the money raised to help this disaster was used efficiently.  In addition, this organization sent three members of its staff to Haiti after the earthquake occurred at first, which was not enough people to be in charge of rebuilding Haiti.  Even though buildings in Haiti needed to be reconstructed and developed, the American Red Cross is not known for rebuilding and redesigning destroyed areas.  The American Red Cross is known for providing immediate help after catastrophes such as offering blankets, temporary shelter, or hygiene kits.

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