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07/04/2017 09:56:06

Haiti - Matthew : US aid in the South exceeds $100M
Following the passage of Hurricane Matthew early October 2016, the United States has provided to date, more than $ 100 million for emergency response and ongoing recovery efforts in the Great South of Haiti. This includes $ 11.3 million from the US Department of Defense and $ 90 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

6 months following the passage of Hurricane Matthew, American Embassy Chargé d'Affairs, Brian Shukan, traveled to southern Haiti to assess USAID hurricane response and recovery activities. The United States is the single largest donor to the Hurricane Matthew emergency response effort, with humanitarian assistance totaling more than $101.3 million to date and distributed through over 20 local organizations and UN agencies.

The Chargé visited the Charles Lassegue School, a recipient of emergency assistance in Boudet, Les Cayes. Partnering with UNICEF, 50 schools in the region received furniture, repairs and decontamination, and educational materials for approximately 45,000 students and 1,000 teachers. The Lassegue School received roof repairs, school equipment and furniture, and psychosocial support to students and training for teachers.

In Coteaux, the Charge visited a USAID Build Back Safer initiative carried out by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The program is enabling communities to repair their damaged homes using improved building techniques with the assistance of trained and certified construction technicians and carpenters. Build Back Safer is operated in other zones with additional partners-- Medair, J/P RHO, and ACTED-- and expects to benefit some 6,000 households throughout the southern region.

Food security is a prime concern for US support and Mr. Shukan also visited areas where smallholder farmers are provided with cash vouchers to buy quality seeds. USAID support seeks to address immediate food needs as well as medium-term farming recovery. USAID is funding a consortium of nongovernmental groups led by CARE to provide cash transfers for the monthly needs of more than 85,200 hurricane-affected households in the Grand'Anse, Nippes and Sud departments. USAID also funded the distribution of high-yield pigeon pea and black bean seeds as well as improved maize seeds.

In his speech for the occasion, American Embassy Chargé d'Affairs, Brian Shukan Charge Shukan indicated steadfast US support for the affected region and acknowledged the efforts communities themselves were making to recover: "We were here during the hurricane and will continue to work towards not only recovery, but resiliency and the mitigation of future risks to lives and livelihoods."

HL/ HaitiLibre

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