The Minister also visited:
-- a Canada-funded emergency field hospital in Gonaives;-- a warehouse operated by the World Food Programme in Gonaives; and-- a credit union in St-Marc supporting local families in paying for their children's school tuition.
Canada continues to respond to immediate needs in Haiti
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada is renewing its funding for an initiative in Haiti:
-- Support to Sustainable School Feeding in Haiti ($6.6 million through the World Food Programme over 2013-2014 fiscal year): This project will provide daily nutritious meals to approximately 230,000 school children over one school year. School meals help reduce chronic hunger and under- nutrition, increase attendance in primary schools, and improve learning outcomes. The project also supports the local economy by purchasing up to 25 percent of the rice used from local farmers.
Canada has long been a strong supporter of the World Food Programme's school feeding programs in Haiti. In 2012, the World Food Programme fed more than 1.1 million school-aged children, with close to 238,000 in 750 schools reached as a result of Canada's contribution.
Other past accomplishments in Haiti
In 2011-2012, Canada:
-- increased access to free obstetric care provided by skilled health workers for about 330,000 pregnant women;-- through support to United Nations agencies, helped cure 60 percent of Haiti's 33,000 tuberculosis patients and helped detect 5,200 new cases;-- provided essential primary health care services to as many as 80,000 women, men and children living in the Lower Delmas area of Port-au- Prince;-- through support to the United Nations Population Fund, helped make 40 camps for earthquake survivors safer for women by installing new solar- powered lights near showers, latrines and water distribution centres;-- improved financial services for more than 417,000 members of a savings and credit cooperative network, enabling them to better manage their finances and take advantage of economic opportunities;-- helped register some 200,000 citizens in the civil registry, providing them with legal status which enables them to access basic services, apply for credit, obtain property titles or vote (this project has now reached more than five million people since 2008, or 90 percent of the adult population);-- helped as many as 35,000 children (half of them girls) attend school;-- provided another 35,000 children from poor families with school kits containing backpacks, uniforms, books and pencils;-- helped farmers in three areas increase agricultural production by about 25 percent, ensuring they had more food to feed their families;-- provided training, tools, seeds and livestock to as many as 13,800 families (about 69,000 persons) to help them produce their own food and improve their nutrition; and-- through support to the International Organization for Migration, helped relocate close to 3,200 families to camps with better conditions, helped close to 5,600 families move out of the camps and into better housing, and prevented about 20,000 individuals in camps from being evicted.
As of March 2012, Canada had fulfilled its $400-million commitment to reconstruction and recovery, and continues to help Haiti in its long-term development efforts.
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of International Development
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