Investments, grants spark hope for Haiti

With donations from Ireland, Trocaire has built 1,500 houses and repaired another 1,500 in Haiti since the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. Photo by: Eoghan Rice / Trocaire

While many question where the bulk of assistance for Haiti since the earthquake in 2010 has gone, aid, grants and investments continue to pour in for the disaster-hit nation.

On Dec. 23, Minister of International Cooperation Bev Oda committed up to $2.4 million for Haiti over three years. The money will be used to support small construction businesses to meet demands in housing and infrastructure.

The World Bank also joined in. Last month, it approved a $225 million plan to build houses, train teachers and feed schoolchildren. The grant also includes $50 million in agricultural projects.

The Inter-American Development Bank, meanwhile, has gathered $150 million in its five-year $500 million plan to build and repair hundreds of schools and train thousands of teachers to provide free public education to all children in Haiti.

President Michel Martelly, in his first government report on Monday (Jan. 9), took on the task of rebuilding Haiti, saying, “We need to help (Haitians) build back better their communities, give them more support, bring them water, infrastructure, electricity, drainage and police.” He also said, “And don’t forget to give them the opportunity for them to gain revenue.”

The investments are still coming in two years after the quake. Hope is waiting.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.