The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which is scheduled to close on December 31, has announced a final round of grants to organizations working to help Haiti recover from the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that devastated the impoverished nation in 2010, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving over a million people homeless.
Grant recipients include Family Health Ministries, which was awarded $731,130 to support screenings for cervical cancer prevention; the Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral, which received $434,375 to establish permanent kitchen facilities for enterprising cooks at the Compagnie de Développement Industriel park in the northeast Haitian town of Ouanaminthe; Inveneo, which was awarded $403,656 to complete the Haiti Connected Cities project, an effort to bring broadband connectivity to underserved regions of the country; and the Caribbean Harvest Foundation, which received $250,000 to support construction of — and provide equipment for — a fish processing plant in Croix-des-Bouquets.
Since the earthquake, the fund has raised and distributed a total of $54.4 million in grants, loans, and equity investments; sustained or created 7,350 jobs; trained 20,050 people; and positively affected the lives of more than 311,000 Haitians. Looking ahead, all programs supported by the fund that have not been completed will be managed by the Multilateral Investment Fund, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, while loan repayments will be reinvested into programs consistent with the fund's mission to promote economic opportunity in Haiti.
"We are ready to step back and bear witness as Haitians take control of their own rebuilding," said Clinton Bush Haiti Fund CEO Gary Edson. "Any successes we have had are not ours, but the Haitian people's."