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Support for Haiti earthquake victims

09/02/2010

Emergency funding of £687,357 has been allocated to Scottish non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in support of their efforts to help victims of the Haitian earthquake.

Minister for External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said:

"We have all seen the devastating effect of the earthquake on Haiti and its people. The people of Scotland have been very passionate in their support for the Haitians, giving not only their time and effort to raise awareness but also digging deep in their pockets to raise much needed funds.

"Scottish-based aid organisations have responded quickly and effectively to the crisis and are poised to do more. The Scottish Government had committed at least £250,000 to support their emergency humanitarian work in Haiti. However, due to the gravity of the situation and the high quality of applications received which will have a real impact on the ground, we are now making available funding of £687,357 from our International Development Fund.

"This support will be shared between eleven organisations delivering projects which reflect UN priorities and are co-ordinated with the overall international aid effort. Each organisation has a track record of working with local partners in Haiti to deliver targeted humanitarian aid to the people needing it most.

"Providing this much-needed assistance in Haiti is an important step, but we can all do more. I urge all Scots to ensure Haiti remains at the top of the agenda and hope they will continue to support the fundraising appeals of the DEC and of Scottish-based organisations as generously as they already have."

Mervyn Lee Executive, Director Mercy Corps, said:

"The funding provided by the Scottish Government will enhance the focused work we are doing in Haiti, to help kick start the local economy in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.

"We anticipate that our cash-for-work programmes in the Pétionville and Tabarre communities of Port-au- Prince will ramp up to provide more than 7,000 people with short-term jobs doing essential recovery tasks such as clearing debris and agricultural land, and cleaning wells. Our programme will allow earthquake survivors to earn a daily wage, get money in their pockets - and resume the flow of cash into Haiti's economy."

Andy Martin, of Mission Aviation Fellowship, said:

"Mission Aviation are delighted to have the support of the Scottish Government in bringing help and hope to those affected by this devastating earthquake, and should like to take this opportunity to thank the Government for the award."

Gerry McLaughlin, chair of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in Scotland, said:

"The DEC in Scotland is delighted that the Scottish Government has made such a significant contribution to the relief effort in Haiti. Millions have been affected by the earthquake that has not just killed and injured tens of thousands of people, but also destroyed homes, shattered livelihoods and wiped out vital services.

"The Scottish public has dug deep and contributed millions to help meet the immediate needs of Haitians, and we thank them for their compassion and generosity."

The following organisations have successfully bid for funding: Concern Worldwide, Mission Aviation Fellowship, SCIAF, Save the Children, Mary's Meals, Christian Aid, British Red Cross, Oxfam, Mercy Corps, CBM and Glasgow the Caring City.

The DEC appeal is ongoing and you can make a donation at www.dec.org.uk Scots have already donated over £5.6 million to the appeal.