Building Schools and Shelters in Léogâne
In June 2010, President Clinton announced the first financial commitment made to the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission (IHRC) after the January 12 earthquake: $1 million by the Clinton Foundation to construct emergency communal shelters in Léogâne, Haiti. On August 6, construction on Léogâne’s emergency shelters commenced at the École Communautaire Sainte Thérèse de Darbonne, with President Clinton breaking ground. The Clinton Foundation contracted with a Haitian and international firm to develop and install the structures, which are designed to serve as schools when there is no risk of storm. All 20 of the structures are now complete and serving as schools; each building is able to accommodate upwards of 60 children for classroom instruction.
Clinton Foundation Haiti Fund
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, destroyed hospitals and schools, leveled homes, and took the lives of hundreds of thousands of Haitians. In the disaster’s immediate aftermath, President Clinton formed the Clinton Foundation Haiti Fund to turn donations of money and supplies into direct relief for the people and government of Haiti. More than 100,000 individuals donated more than $16.4 million to the Fund. The Foundation spent nearly $2.5 million to directly purchase relief supplies and spent more than $1.7 million to deliver and distribute goods donated by other organizations, including heavy equipment, solar flashlights and lanterns, and tents — bringing the total value of the Foundation’s effort to nearly $28 million. The Foundation has also issued $5.3 million in grants to 16 organizations, including $1 million for operational support of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, and provided millions of dollars in technical assistance, pro bono, to the government of Haiti to help advance the reconstruction process. Learn more »