UNICEF Gets Haiti Rebuilding Panel's Thumbs Up for 2 Projects

Young children attend a primary school class within the School in a Box program by UNICEF and the Danish Red Cross at an internally displaced persons' camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. UNICEF won support from Interim Haiti Recovery Commission for two projects worth a total of USD35 million. Photo by: Sophia Paris / United Nations

United Nations projects on combating gender-based violence and improving education in Haiti have secured the backing of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission.

The commission has approved 18 new projects, worth a total of USD777 million, to support the rehabilitation of the quake-ravaged nation.

The projects include two UNICEF schemes, of which one is a USD10 million program aimed at helping the Haitian government and civil society address gender-based violence. The other UNICEF project, worth USD25 million, will back a plan to assess the condition of primary school facilities, enhance existing education infrastructure databases, and remove rubble from damaged or destroyed schools.

IHRC, co-chaired by Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the U.N. special envoy for Haiti, oversees reconstruction efforts in the Caribbean nation.

Meanwhile, the Clinton Foundation will provide USD500,000 to support a camp in Petionville, Haiti. The funding will help to provide emergency medical and primary care services, educational seminars and psycho-social support in the camp, which is managed by J/P Haitian Relief Organization. It will also support a rubble-clearing project.

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