CARE Receives $300,000 for Haiti Flood Relief – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation makes investment to alleviate immediate health risks
ATLANTA -- CARE today announced the receipt of a $300,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the poverty-fighting organization’s flood relief efforts in Haiti.
The latest crisis to beset Haiti, where Hurricane Jeanne left at least 2,000 people dead and tens of thousands homeless in and around the now swamped northwest town of Gonaives, has brought hunger, thirst, and severe trauma, and has left survivors at serious risk of waterborne disease.
"Gonaives is located in the poorest region in the poorest country in the western hemisphere, and the floods have completely devastated the terrain and the people," says Peter Bell, president and CEO of CARE, who visited Haiti last week.
"This timely grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will allow CARE to work with our partners to alleviate immediate health risks. We hope other private U.S. donors also will be inspired to help CARE assist Haitian people to avoid disease and build a better future."
The complete announcement can be viewed on the CARE Web site.