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Canada helps Haiti build foundation for success

Canada helps Haiti build foundation for success

Posted by PanamericanWorld on February 21, 2014

Haiti has received an injection of CAN $20MM (US $18MM) courtesy of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, for the relocation of 16,000 households, or roughly 53,000 displaced persons.

At the outset of 2014, Haiti finds itself in a critical transition phase. As the nation attempts to rise from the rubble of the 2010 earthquake and rocket into a new era of economic growth, it is critical that the rebuild take place on a solid foundation. Indeed, there is more to setting Haiti on a path to sustainable economic growth than building a hotel and waiting for the tourists to come. Getting high-risk Haitians out of camps and into stable homes is the first step in an epochal change that could lead to better health, education and training standards for Haitians. Canada appears ready and willing to partner in Haiti’s renaissance.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM Haiti) will administer the funding and provide a number of health and social services to assure a relatively seamless transition from the camp to a permanent home. Accompanying the influx of cash is news that the Haiti-Canada Municipal Cooperation Project (MCP) has been extended by five years. The revised pact, which had run out at the end of 2013, assures that Canada will play an active role in Haiti’s reconstruction for years to come. The MCP includes provisions for knowledge transfer and training that will one day allow Haiti to continue its growth trajectory with relative autonomy.

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