Working with FOKAL, our foundation in Haiti, the Open Society Institute intends to play a leadership role in the country's redevelopment. In response to the immediate crisis, OSI is giving an initial four million dollars to support the relief efforts for disaster victims. Médecins Sans Frontières, Save the Children, CARE, and Catholic Relief Services will receive one million dollars each. These are organizations doing lifesaving work in Haiti.
George Soros is a longtime supporter of Haiti. He has given some $50 million dollars through his foundations to support public libraries, community water programs, and other projects including urban revitalization in Port-au-Prince. The Soros Economic Development Fund, a sister foundation that works to alleviate poverty, has helped thousands of Haitian entrepreneurs secure microcredit loans.
Our hearts and thoughts are with Haiti. Then Open Society Institute will continue to monitor events and seek creative ways to help the people of Haiti rebuild their lives and communities.