By Caribbean News Global
OTTAWA, Canada – Harjit S. Sajjan, minister of international development and minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, represented Canada at the International Event for the Financing of the Reconstruction of the Southern Peninsula of Haiti, in which the international community addressed the country’s acute humanitarian crisis, which has been worsened due to the earthquake.
Canada has been a friend and partner of Haiti for many years, and it stands in solidarity with Haiti as the country continues to face a multi-dimensional crisis, as well as the impacts of the earthquake of August 14, 2021, Global Affairs Canada, re-counted.
“Canada remains committed to supporting Haitian-led efforts to restore peace and prosperity for all Haitians and for earthquake-affected communities in particular. In this regard, minister Sajjan on Wednesday announced international assistance in the amount of $19.5 million for 4 projects. This funding builds on the $50.4 million in funding that Canada announced at last month’s foreign ministers’ meeting on Haiti, which Canada hosted to underscore its solidarity with Haiti,” Global Affairs Canada announced Wednesday.
The international assistance announced will specifically contribute to supporting earthquake victims and post-disaster rehabilitation and to improving integrated health services for women, adolescent girls and children.
Minister Sajjan expressed Canada’s solidarity with Haiti and the Haitian people during these challenging times and reaffirmed the importance of addressing growing insecurity and of empowering women and girls to allow the country to bounce back stronger than before and achieve sustainable results.
The funding announced includes:
- $4.5 million in humanitarian assistance to protect vulnerable Haitians and provide food assistance;
- $1 million to improve integrated health services for women, adolescent girls and children in earthquake-affected areas;
- $4 million to support post-disaster rehabilitation efforts in earthquake-affected areas;
- $10 million to strengthen the security sector.
“We must continue to work together to build greater resilience and restore peace and prosperity in Haiti for stronger, safer and healthier communities there,” said minister Sajjan.