Haiti donates $1m for Nepal earthquake recoveryHaiti, which was devastated by a massive earthquake in 2010, has donated $1 million for recovery efforts in Nepal in a sign of solidarity from its people to help the stricken people in Nepal
The funds were raised by the Haitian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and donors, mostly from the Haitian Diaspora, said Lucien Jura, spokesperson for President Michel Martelly. The president sent the money through the International Red Cross on Saturday.
In a condolence message sent to Nepal four days after the April 25 quake, President Martelly had expressed “deepest sympathies of the Haitian Government and its people to the Government and Nepalese people, especially for parents and relatives of those lost.”
The donation from the poorest nation in the western hemisphere is a reminder of more than 60 percent in unfulfilled pledges made after the 7.3 earthquake which hit Haiti on January 12, 2010.
The quake claimed more than 300,000 people and left 1.5 million people homeless. Five years on, more than 80,000 survivors from the earthquake are still living in makeshift camps.
The United Nations Office in Kathmandu said this week that it had received barely $92.4 million or only 22 percent of the $423 million it had appealed to aid the people affected by recent earthquakes in Nepal.
Haiti and Nepal were in limelight in the infamous 2010 cholera outbreak that claimed 8,330 lives in the Caribbean country.
The Nepali peacekeepers were blamed for the outbreak which both the Nepal Army and UN mission vehemently deny, saying no cases of cholera had been found among the Nepali soldiers.