South Korea providing US$286,860 grant for Haiti houses

The Republic of Korea has provided a grant for US$286,860 to Haiti for the construction of 150 temporary houses for families left homeless by the earthquake earlier in the year.

In a press release the Inter-American Development Bank which is administering the grant, said it was provided through the Korean Fund for Poverty Reduction.

The resources will support a project led by the Latin American NGO Un Techo Para Mi Pais which has built more than 800 shelters with wooden floors and walls and corrugated metal roofs in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince and the south-western town of Grand Goave.

The NGO which recruits Haitian and Dominican students to build housing, is also the executing agency of a broader programme supported by the IDB’s Multilateral Investment Fund to help Haitian families improve their abilities to generate income and boost their living standards.

The Santiago, Chile-based NGO aims to complete 1,000 shelters before year-end and plans to build 1,000 more units in January in Haiti.

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