Clinton-Bush Quake Fund Gives $1.4 Million to Haiti

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A foundation established by former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush says it is providing an additional $1.4 million to efforts to rebuild Haiti following its devastating earthquake last year.

The non-profit Clinton Bush Haiti Fund said Tuesday the money will go to a Haitian company that will train engineers and general contractors to manufacture steel-frame houses. Funds will also be allocated for equipment at a school that trains people in construction, and for a non-profit group that lends money to people so they can pay for basic needs such as energy and clean water.

Last year, U.S. President Barack Obama tapped Mr. Clinton and Mr. Bush to lead fund-raising campaigns and oversee long-term reconstruction and relief efforts in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has raised millions of dollars for relief efforts.

Mr. Clinton also serves as the United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti.

The earthquake in January 2010 killed more than 200,000 people. Hundreds of thousands of people are still living in tent camps.