HRF becomes key source for Haiti's Reconstruction

Haitians work to rebuild a school that was destroyed in the earthquake.

Less than a year after its creation, the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF) has allocated US$237 million to finance 14 reconstruction initiatives, or 71 percent of the US$ 335 million received by donors, according to the Fund's first Annual Report, released this week.

The HRF finances activities such as infrastructure, repair and construction of housing, education, community development, debris and watershed management, job creation, and budget support to the Government.

Among the highlights:

An HRF-funded capacity building program for disaster risk management has evaluated 600 existing evacuation shelters and initiated the rehabilitation and rebuilding of 15 priority shelters.

A disaster risk reduction project in the southern part of Haiti has mobilized 60 farmer organizations to carry out environmental protection and food security activities.

The HRF is co-financing the Neighborhood Housing Reconstruction Project, the largest housing project in Haiti's capital, supervised by the World Bank, and providing funding for the biggest debris removal and recycling program which is administered by the United Nations.

Haiti's President Michel Martelly said strong financial support is essential to ensure that the reconstruction process addresses Haiti's key priorities in terms of agriculture, job creation, the investment climate, shelter and education. He said that in partnership with institutions such as the HRF, the government commits to build back better, efficiently and for the benefit of all Haitians.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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