Today we add a new feature, called MoneyTrac (See the bar graph at right).
It’s an up-to-the-minute, color-coded look at how the money you’ve contributed is being used. Today’s graph, for example, shows that our project has spent just under $15,000 — to be exact, $13,719. To date, donors have supported us with contributions that now total $51,225, a figure we hope will continue to increase as word about our mission spreads and supporters step forward.
The graph shows that the bulk of spending so far ($8,027) has been for the purchase new equipment, which soon will be in the hands of journalists in Haiti. We’re finalizing plans for delivering the equipment — 20 computers, four cameras and half a dozen tents.
The other spending covers administrative costs — basically a stipend for the coordinator — travel expenses and costs associated with Web development and promoting the project at meetings and conferences.
Our goal is to make sure that as much as possible of the money that is raised is used to give Haitian journalists the tools they need to hold onto their jobs, support their families and continue Haiti’s robust press indpendence.
MoneyTrac will be updated regularly to keep you informed.