Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti with wind speeds of up to 220 km/h in October 2016. The storm inflicted substantial damage and claimed hundreds of lives.
Co-financing allows a company to achieve a significant humanitarian impact with relatively small sums. We are very happy that Daimler so quickly and efficiently entered into this form of cooperation with us as a long-standing partner of the German Red Cross.
Since then, around 1.4 million inhabitants have been dependent on aid. In addition to the existing crisis, there is also the risk of a cholera outbreak. That is why Daimler is working with the German Foreign Office to finance aid projects run by the German Red Cross. For example, 2,100 "cholera sets" for treating water have been distributed, and materials and tools have been provided in order to support the clear-up work and the severely impacted agricultural economy.
According to Christian Hörl, the Deputy Head of International Cooperation, the German Red Cross received EUR 300,000 from the German Foreign Office for immediate aid and early recovery WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) measures in Haiti, for which co-financing was sought.