Bahrain contributes $1 million to Haiti recovery efforts

March 31, 2010
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Bahrain has contributed $1 million to recovery efforts in Haiti, the United Nations has said.

“Bahrain’s ambassador to the United Nations, Tawfeeq Al Mansoor presented a cheque of $ 1 million to United Nations Development programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark as Bahrain’s contribution to recovery efforts in Haiti,” the United Nations Information Centre in Manama said. “UNDP will be using these funds for the Haiti Recovery Programme and the contribution will go to the UNDP Cash for Work Programme to help the people of Haiti.”

The cash-for-work programme is being used by the UNDP to boost recovery efforts in Haiti.

“It makes cash available to most needy Haitians, so they can purchase goods and services of their choosing at this time of crisis, thereby having a positive impact on the local economy whilst directly benefiting families,” the centre said. “Once enrolled, each person is hired for 24 working days. So far the project has put 75,916 Haitians to work: 62,213 who completed their 24 working-day cycle; and another 13,703 workers are currently enrolled in an ongoing cycle.”

Each worker is paid around $4.50 for six hour’s labour, slightly more than Haiti’s minimum wage.

“This is important so as not to distort the local labour market and draw jobs away from the private sector. This is critical in ensuring long-term recovery. About 40 percent of the workers are women—with many more being indirect beneficiaries,” the centre said. 

The work includes removing building rubble from the streets, crushing and sorting reusable material, disposing of debris and restoring essential public facilities to lay the foundations for mid-term recovery and development after the recent devastating earthquake.

Work also involves clearing sites for safe re-settlement, repairing surface water drainage and improving road access to and through affected areas. 

 

 

 

 

         

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