Shelter is vital necessity in Haiti. Minister Peter Power announces significant funding for shelter25 February 2010
The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr Peter Power T.D., today announced a further €1 million in funding to support the international response to the earthquake inHaiti.
The funding will be channelled through the United Nations and international humanitarian organisations which are tasked with providing urgently-needed shelter and child protection services for those affected by the disaster of January 12.
This €1 million is in addition to €3 million in assistance which the Government has already committed toHaiti. This included €2 million in direct emergency funding to the United Nations, Red Cross and Irish aid agencies, including Concern, Haven and World Vision, and two consignments of emergency humanitarian aid, totalling 130 tonnes, which were provided to Concern, Goal and Trócaire for distribution on the ground.
Announcing the funding today, Minister Power said:
“This is a very challenging crisis, which requires a targeted and well-coordinated response by the international community. The UN has issued an emergency appeal for $1.4 billion to respond to life-saving and early recovery needs inHaitiover the next twelve months. In light of this appeal, and the enormous humanitarian needs on the ground, I have decided to increase Irish Aid’s support to the emergency response by €1 million.
The funding pledged today will assist our partners to meet the pressing needs of the Haitian people in a number of priority areas, including the provision of shelter. This is absolutely vital now as the rainy season approaches and some 1.2 million people in dire need of shelter.
The funding of €1 million will also support cash-for-work schemes which will provide payment to local people in exchange for work to assist the recovery effort. This will support the Haitian people to rebuild their lives and lay the foundations for the difficult road to recovery which lies ahead.”
Minister Power also paid tribute to the many humanitarian workers who are leading the recovery effort, including six members ofIreland’s Rapid Response Corps who have deployed to the country.
“I wish to recognise the tireless efforts of those in the international humanitarian community and among Haitian society, who have been working so hard to alleviate the suffering of the hundreds of thousands affected by this terrible earthquake.
“They can be assured thatIreland, in close cooperation with our partners in the UN, EU and US, is committed to ensuring thatHaiti’s recovery is sustainable and led by its own people.”
25 February 2010
Notes to the editor
• Irish Aid is the Government’s programme for overseas assistance. It is a division of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
• Today’s announcement is in addition to €2 million in direct funding which has been provided to the Concern, World Vision, Haven, the International Federation of the Red Cross and UN agencies, including the World Food Programme.
• The Government has supplied 130 tonnes of emergency humanitarian aid which was distributed inHaitiby Concern, Goal and Trócaire. The supplies provided more than 12,000 families with shelter and basic sanitation equipment.
• Irish Aid maintains the Rapid Response Corps, a register of 130 highly-skilled individuals who are willing to be deployed at short notice to assist in an emergency relief effort. Six members have deployed toHaitisince the disaster struck.
• Irelandcontributed €20 million to the United Nation's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in 2009 and a total of €73 million since it was set up in 2006 following the Asian Tsunami. The CERF provides immediately-accessible funds to the UN for use in a crisis such as that inHaiti.Irelandis the seventh largest donor to this fund.
For further information, please contact Fionnuala Quinlan, press officer, Irish Aid, the Department of Foreign Affairs on 01-4082653 or 087-9099975. For further information on Irish Aid, visit www.irishaid.gov.ie