WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State of Qatar Fund for the Reconstruction of Haiti (Qatar Haiti Fund) signed a partnership agreement today for earthquake reconstruction efforts, including the building of permanent houses, a vocational school and a commercial area.
The joint grant agreement will finance the development of a new community in the vicinity of Cabaret, about 14 miles from Port-au-Prince. The Qatar Haiti Fund will provide $5 million to support the construction of 148 houses, a vocational school and a commercial area with shops and stalls. USAID will contribute $4 million to finance site preparation and construction management services for the project, which is being constructed on 5.55 hectares of land provided by the Government of Haiti.
“The U.S. Government has made a long-term commitment to help Haiti recover and rebuild, and we are pleased to collaborate with the State of Qatar and the Government of Haiti to develop this new community,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. “Our partnership agreement will provide sustainable housing to hundreds of Haitians. This partnership is a critical step forward in the U.S. Government’s post-earthquake reconstruction and recovery effort.”
The Qatar Haiti Fund manages the State of Qatar’s $20 million pledge to Haiti’s reconstruction made at the 2010 U.N. International Donors’ Conference “Towards a New Future for Haiti.”
The partnership agreement with USAID is a testimony to the commitment of the State of Qatar through the Qatar Haiti Fund to helping the Haitian people recover after the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. This agreement will allow us to work together to build ‘Qatar City,’ which will feature permanent housing for quake-affected Haitians, a vocational school and a commercial area, to generate a sustainable micro-economy for the victims of the earthquake,” said Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi, Qatari Ambassador to the United States and chairman for the Qatar Haiti Fund.
Read more about USAID’s work in Haiti: http://www.usaid.gov/where-we-work/latin-american-and-caribbean/haiti