Finland has granted euro2.5 million (USD3.3 million) to support the work of the United Nations Development Program in rehabilitating quake-ravaged Haiti.
Of the amount, euro1.4 million will be used to build new schools in Leogane. The two-year project is being implemented by Finn Church Aid.
Another euro400,000 will support debris removal, while euro700,000 will be channeled as budget support to help pay for teachers’ salaries. Finland will allocate euro10 million for Haiti’s reconstruction through 2012.
Meanwhile, European Union humanitarian chief Kristalina Georgieva has appealed for a cease in violence in Haiti, which she said is hampering the provision of treatment to cholera victims.
“Insecurity is killing more people by preventing treatment than by violence in the streets. If turmoil persists, the cholera epidemic can go out of control,” she said in a statement.
The bloc has so far provided euro12 million to combat cholera in Haiti and would soon disburse an additional euro10 million to boost the cholera relief efforts.