The International Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.
Summary: 50,118 Swiss francs (48,826 US dollars or 33,159 euro) was allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Haitian National Red Cross Society (HNRCS) in providing water and essential relief items to 800 people affected by the floods in the communities of Williamson and Carries in the department of l’Ouest.
On 18 September several communities in Haiti were severely affected by heavy rain and mudslides. This DREF operation focused on providing support to the Haitian National Red Cross Society in order to provide relief assistance to the most affected people.
On December 2009 the Operation was completed: 163 families (815 people) from the 2 affected communities received emergency family kits and 352,921 litres of drinking water.
The Netherlands Red Cross contributed 22,675 Swiss francs (15,000 euros) and the European Commission’s Office for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) contributed 27,210 Swiss francs (EUR 18,000 euro) to the DREF fund in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation. The major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments and ECHO. Details of all donors can be found on http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp
(International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC))