Canadian government pledges $93-million for Haiti

Bev Oda announces support for health care, education and agriculture initiatives

It’s been one year since the quake in Haiti, and the Canadian government has announced a pledge of more than $93-million for eight new initiatives to improve children’s health, education, and agriculture in the island nation. Bev Oda, the International Cooperation Minister, announced the Canadian support, which will come from the $400-million reconstruction fund that Ottawa committed last year. Programs include Canadian backing for a Pan-American Health Organization project to provide free health care for three million women and young children, backing for the building of 10 maternity clinics, a hospital maternity ward in Gonaives, and funds for a project to build 35 schools. It also backed programs to aid farmers and provide food for rural families. Despite these efforts, the federal government and other Western nations that donated money are facing criticism over not having done enough in the last 12 months.

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