NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - U.S. relief organizations have raised $1.3 billion in donations over the six months since an earthquake devastated Haiti, according to a philanthropy expert.
While much of the money is yet to be spent, even more will be needed to rebuild the battered nation. Wyclef Jean spoke to CNN's American Morning Monday on the rebuilding process. Watch
It's been six months since a devastating earthquake struck the island nation, which killed 300,000 people and left at least 1.5 million others homeless . Billions of dollars have been raised to help Haiti rebuild but how much has really changed since the quake? CNN's Ivan Watson reports. Watch
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By CNN Pentagon Producer Laurie Ure
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Air Force Lt. Col. Ken Bourland hugged his wife Peggy goodbye and headed out for his quick two-day job mission.
The date was January 12. The destination: Haiti.
Neither knew it would be the last time they'd see one another.
Upon his arrival in Port-au-Prince, Ken Bourland sent Peggy an e-mail saying he had settled into his hotel room.
Ten minutes later, Peggy and the couple's three sons began watching television back in their suburban Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home. That's when the news broke: Haiti had been struck by a major earthquake.
Peggy describes the panic that set in.
"I sent him another e-mail, you know, 'Please tell me you're OK," she recounted to CNN. "And at that point, I didn't get anything back."
The ensuing minutes and hours turned to days of waiting.
"It was painful not knowing," Peggy said. "But not knowing, you still had hope. You still had hope that he could possibly be under there just surviving, just doing everything he could to survive."
Eventually, Peggy began to fear the worst.
Six weeks after the earthquake in Haiti, thousands are still starving and living in tent cities. Thousands of the dead still don't have their own graves. But the government there has declared the emergency over.
That decision is stopping even more people from getting the food, water and medicine they need; people who clearly don't agree that things are back to normal. Our Soledad O'Brien has the story from Port-au-Prince.
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We've been following the story of a very brave 12-year-old girl who survived the earthquake in Haiti. Her name is Kimberly, and she suffered a massive brain injury. Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta was called in to perform her life-saving operation aboard the USS Carl Vinson.
After a full month of rehab, Kimberly has since been reunited with her father. They were homeless. She had no medicine and she just learned her mother and sister died in the quake. But now, a bit of good news.
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Two American missionaries are still behind bars in Haiti today. Eight others are now free and back in the U.S. They all deny the child trafficking charges against them.
Jim Allen was one of the missionaries released last week. He joined us on Monday's American Morning, along with his attorney Hiram Sasser, to give us his side of the story.