President Clinton and Prime Minister Bellerive Visit CHF Shelters in Leogane
President Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive met with CHF International in Leogane, Haiti yesterday afternoon for a brief visit to a cluster of four steel-framed, transitional shelters constructed by CHF in response to the January 2010 earthquake.
Accompanied by Paul Farmer (anthropologist, physician and founder of the NGO, Partners in Health), and with various stakeholders and philanthropists, President Clinton spent 40 minutes meeting with family members living in the shelters and speaking to Eddie Argenal - CHF Emergency Shelter and Infrastructure Officer - and with local members of the shelter construction team.
During his visit, Clinton announced an additional pledge of $2 million towards disaster preparedness in Haiti and for funding of the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Committee.
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To date, CHF has registered more than 2,200 shelter beneficiaries in Port-au-Prince and throughout the Petit-Goave-Leogane corridor. CHF is one of the leading organizations in construction of transitional shelters, and is currently in the process of completing 600 shelters in Port-au-Prince and Leogane. Over 60 shelters have been constructed in Leogane as part of a pilot project using steel materials that are pre-fabricated by trained workers at the local CHF warehouse. As part of the USAID/CLEARS program, CHF shelter construction, rubble removal using both heavy machinery and cash-for-work teams and assistance to host families and IDPs in Cap Haitien, will be ongoing through October 2010.