The American Red Cross and the William J. Clinton Foundation have announced over $3 million in grants to two organizations providing critical services in Haiti, while the United States has approved an additional $120 million for recovery efforts in the earthquake-shattered country.
The Red Cross announced a commitment of $2.76 million to underwrite operating expenses for the Critical Care Trauma and Rehabilitation Program at Hospital Bernard Mevs/Project Medishare, enabling the facility to remain open through June 2011. The hospital operates the only 24/7 critical care and trauma service in the country.
On Wednesday, the Clinton Foundation announced it will provide $500,000 in bridge funding through its Haiti Relief Fund to J/P Haitian Relief Organization. The grant will enable J/P HRO, whose staff is 90 percent Haitian, to continue managing a camp of 55,000 displaced people in the Petionville neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, provide emergency medical and primary care services, and offer psychosocial support and education seminars through the its medical and women's clinics.
Also on Wednesday, the U.S. government announced that it will put $120 million in a World Bank trust fund for education, rubble removal, and housing efforts in Haiti. A portion of the funding will be used to rebuild the quake-damaged General University public hospital in Port-au-Prince, the Miami Herald reports.
Although a record amount of money has been raised to help rebuild Haiti since the January 12 earthquake, which left an estimated 300,000 dead and 1.5 million people homeless, rains and floods continue to wreak havoc. "The recent storms that passed through Haiti last week and the damage they did, especially in the camps," said former President Bill Clinton, "remind us that all of us have to work faster, better, smarter to get these resources out to the people who are still without shelter and access to basic services."