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Monday, November 5, 2012

U.S. Navy Stands Ready on Arrival in Haiti

Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handling (AW) Lisa Gurnick January 16, 2010.

Responding to the President's call, the U.S. Navy moved at top speed to ready ships, load them with supplies and steam toward Haiti to provide humanitarian assistance after the devastating earthquake there Tuesday.

Already on station, the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and her Sailors have been providing hospital services, along with a much needed aviation platform.

Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handling (AW) Lisa Gurnick is a 21-year-old Sailor from Brunswick, Ohio stationed aboard USS Vinson and works on the flight deck. She said Friday that she felt honored to be a part of this mission.


Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handling (AW) Lisa Gurnick January 16, 2010.

"This is exactly why I joined the Navy, to help other people, and now I'm getting to do that," began Gurnick. "We are on board an aircraft carrier that normally carries a large number of fixed-wing aircraft, but right now we are fully loaded with helicopters. We are working long hours right now and getting up early, but we are a strong team working together and I feel like we have such a clear purpose and mission. This (Friday) morning I have been working to launch and land helicopters as they are loaded up with water, medicine and people to fly into Haiti."

The humanitarian aid doesn't stop there.

As of Saturday, the Navy had nine ships scheduled to support the people of Haiti through air, hospital and supply operations. The forces are creating a "sea base" for staging humanitarian operations to provide assistance as quickly as possible. A testament to the naval forces agile operational ability, these ships combined can produce more than 900,000 gallons of water each day, a portion of which can be taken ashore to help relieve some suffering in Haiti. USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship, left Baltimore on Saturday morning after assembling a floating hospital of crew and supplies from around the nation. The ship has 250 hospital beds, four operation rooms and more than 500 medical staff.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Clinton-Bush Nonprofit Gives $1.5 Million To Haiti


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund says it hopes $1.5 million in grants will help Haiti build its hotel, education and technology sectors.

The nonprofit created by former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush said Tuesday it's given a $264,000 grant to the Oasis Foundation that seeks to train potential hotel workers in hospitality services.

The group also issued a $914,000 grant to Quisqueya University to help build a new center that aims to groom business leaders.

A third grant for more than $285,000 will go to a for-profit enterprise named EducaTech for computer equipment, resources and training.

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund focuses on creating jobs and was formed in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck the nation two years ago.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Grant Supports Haitian Business Accelerator Program


Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Announces $2M Grant to Cultivate Small and Growing Businesses

Haitian Business Accelerator Program Targets Entrepreneurial Enterprises
WASHINGTON, DC – The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund today announced a $2 million grant to TechnoServe to implement the Haitian Business Accelerator (HBA), a project that aims to transform small and growing businesses into investment-ready, bankable companies positioned to develop Haiti’s formal economy and promote jobs.

TechnoServe, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with expertise in building businesses and industries throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, will implement the project. HBA will work with Haitian companies over three years, identifying businesses that are worthy of investment and transforming them into businesses that are ready for investment. TechnoServe will solicit and review more than 1,000 business plans, select 750 entrepreneurs most suited for success, and train this elite group with global best practices in business development.

Additionally, TechnoServe will provide six months of advanced business mentoring for 60 HBA program entrepreneurs. It will use $300,000 of the $2 million grant to provide immediate access to financing for top performing businesses. HBA will seek out both new and existing businesses that could benefit from the program, and will build up the capacity of existing business development services providers. TechnoServe has already begun identifying a list of Haitian initiatives to provide a pipeline of small and growing businesses that would benefit from HBA services.

As Haiti works to rebuild, HBA addresses the need for business capacity development in its economy. “With the exception of a few large companies, Haiti’s formal business sector is very small, and businesses of all sizes have suffered significantly since last year’s earthquake,” explains Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s Vice President for Programs and Investments Paul Altidor. “Small and growing enterprises hold the potential for transforming Haiti’s economy, but these enterprises need business acumen and access to financial services in order to attract the private investment they need to develop. The Business Accelerator will help them do just that.”

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is also working with TechnoServe’s Haiti Hope Project which aims to increase the income of 25,000 small farming families in the mango sector. In addition, TechnoServe recently completed the Mon Entreprise, Mon Avenir (My Business, My Future) business plan competition, guiding over 80 promising Haitian entrepreneurs through robust business plan development.

About TechnoServe:

Since 1968, TechnoServe has helped entrepreneurial men and women in poor areas of the developing world to build businesses that create income, opportunity, and economic growth for their families, their communities, and their countries. Visit www.technoserve.org for more information.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Announces $1.4M for Innovative Rebuilding Projects


Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Announces $1.4M in Funds for Innovative Rebuilding Projects

Fund to Boost Construction Sector, Promote Vocational Training, and Increase Access to Sustainable Energy.
WASHINGTON, DC – In its continued effort to support Haiti as the country builds its own prosperous future, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund today announced $1.4 million in new commitments for three new projects: a franchise-based housing program, a vocational training program, and a sustainable energy initiative.

As part of this announcement, $1.08 million in traditional and recoverable grants is committed to GaMa Entreprises, S.A., a Haitian company that will use the money to implement a franchise-based housing solution. This new GaMa venture plans to take advantage of unprecedented opportunity in the construction sector while meeting Haiti’s critical housing needs. Under the brand name KayTek (“House Technology” in Haitian Creole), GaMa’s housing enterprise will manufacture steel-frame housing kits at a factory in Port-au-Prince. KayTek will provide a selection of ready-made and custom designs for homes in a range of markets, as well as a one-stop materials solution for buyers to customize their homes. The program will train engineers and general contractors, who can in turn train general tradesmen. With this technical training in steel home construction and entrepreneurship, those selected as franchisees will be prepared to start and manage their own home-building businesses throughout Haiti.

“Together, GaMa/KayTek and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund are supporting long-term reconstruction by promoting jobs, cultivating entrepreneurship, and building capacity in construction – forecast to be the nation’s predominant sector over the next five years. Simultaneously, we are addressing the needs of more than 800,000 individuals still seeking permanent housing,” according to GaMa President, Mathias Pierre, named a 2010 Digicel “Entrepreneur of the Year” and a Caribbean “Pioneer of Prosperity” in 2009.

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is also announcing its commitment to grant up to $225,000 to equip temporary classrooms at the earthquake-devastated Salésiens Professional School, immediately benefiting 620 at-risk youth who will be trained and certified in construction trades. Salésiens is the oldest and largest vocational training school in Haiti and among the few to hold accredited status and a strong reputation in the job market. This grant gives students the equipment they need to resume their studies, complete their certification, and enter jobs in a sector vital to Haiti’s rebuilding.

The Fund’s third announcement addresses Haiti’s lack of access to sustainable energy, an impediment to economic opportunity and educational achievement. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund will provide $150,000 in seed funding to Arc Finance, a global nonprofit organization whose mission is to build the income and assets of poor people around the world through promotion of and access to financing for energy, clean water, and other basic needs. This new program, undertaken in partnership with the Multilateral Investment Fund, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, will allow members of the Haitian diaspora living in the US to directly purchase low-cost and energy efficient products, such as stoves and lamps, to send to Haiti. Haitian-owned goods-remittance company FoodExpress will then deliver the products. This innovative remittance transfer program will make sustainable sources of electricity more widely available throughout Haiti, decrease energy costs, and reduce pollution currently caused by the use of charcoal, diesel, kerosene, and wood in both urban and rural areas.

“These investments create the economic opportunities required for successful reconstruction. Today, we are fulfilling current needs with lasting solutions,” said the Fund’s Executive Vice President, Ambassador (Retired) Tim Carney. “These programs will help provide housing, job training and access to clean energy right now. What’s more, these are sustainable business models that will provide jobs and invigorate Haiti’s economy for the long term.”

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Over $1 Million in New Grants from Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to Rebuild Lives and Livelihoods


WASHINGTON, DC - The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF) today announced $1 million in new grants aimed at creating new jobs and promoting economic opportunity in Haiti.
Reflecting the shared vision of founders Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, more than 230,000 generous donations made to-date will fund these new grants and have a powerful impact on helping post-disaster Haiti build back better.

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is focused primarily on longer-term reconstruction, especially job creation and the promotion of economic opportunity. The success and sustainability of reconstruction will depend in large part on a more vibrant, decentralized, inclusive, and competitive economy - an economy where every Haitian has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential.

Post-earthquake Haiti's challenges are many, but among the most compelling and critical is the need to create jobs and economic opportunity. CBHF will do this by:

Supporting the restart, expansion and creation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, to which women are often key contributors;
Empowering people and enterprises by helping them access the formal business sector;
Promoting job creation, particularly jobs with a direct social benefit, such as in health and education;
Providing life skills and job training to people, especially youth, so they can embrace economic opportunity.
The legacy of building back better will be future generations of Haitians for whom the country's vicious cycle of aid-dependency is history.

The grants announced today will create opportunity for Haiti's workers and businesses in key industries - garment production, microfinance, the artisan community, and the health sector.

Institut National pour le Développement et la Promotion de la Couture (INDEPCO)
INDEPCO's network of seamstresses and tailors consists of over 600 ateliers (workshops) employing 6,852 people throughout Haiti. CBHF's grant to INDEPCO will allow it to repair a key building to house displaced ateliers, complete an order for 40,000 school uniforms, and expand its atelier network, employing more garment workers.

Haitian Emergency Liquidity Program (HELP)
The catalytic grant from CBHF will contribute to launching HELP, an emergency liquidity program that will give recovery grants to key microfinance institutions (MFIs) with approximately 50,000 clients - including support for businesswomen, as well as rural borrowers. HELP will buy earthquake-affected loans from microfinance institutions, providing them fresh funds to maintain their lending operations and preserve their capital base. The program is designed to help stop the contraction of lending by key MFIs and allow them to expand.

BRAC
BRAC will use its decade of experience running a limb and brace center in Bangladesh to establish a similar center in Haiti. Through collective grants from CBHF, American Jewish World Service, Child Relief International, and Grapes for Humanity/US, BRAC will provide prosthetic and orthotic services to 1,500 Haitians in just over a year, enabling youth to return to school and adults to take advantage of work and livelihood opportunities. Within two years the center will be Haitian run and staffed - in addition to manufacturing and repairing prosthetics and orthotics on-site.

Aid to Artisans (ATA)
Funding for ATA will help re-establish over 3,000 artisan production jobs and expand local retail revenues by a projected 10-15% over the next six to eight months. ATA will provide Haitian artisan businesses throughout the country with product development and design consulting; arrange buyer trips in areas capable of production and delivery; position Haitian artisan goods at international gift fairs; and execute targeted retail training to stimulate demand for Haitian artisan products.

About the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF)
The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded after Haiti's January 12, 2010 earthquake, when President Barack Obama asked Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to lead a major fundraising effort to assist the Haitian people. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund primarily focuses on longer-term, sustainable economic reconstruction designed to help the people of Haiti rebuild by creating jobs and promoting economic opportunity. To make a donation to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, visit www.clintonbushhaitifund.org or text the word "QUAKE" to 20222 to donate $10. This donation will be charged to your cell phone bill.