Haiti Donations Exceed Expectations

04.01.10 | FL News Team

The international community has responded overwhelmingly to an aid request from Haiti. The United Nations and Haitian officials had asked for four-billion dollars over the next three years to rebuild the earthquake-shattered Caribbean nation during a UN donors' conference in New York City on Wednesday. By the end of the day, more than 100 countries and numerous aid groups had pledged close to ten-billion dollars, more than half of which will go to short-term recovery efforts. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who co-hosted Wednesday's meeting, said the U.S. would commit over a billion dollars.

 The January 12th quake killed over 200-thousand people and left countless homes and buildings across Haiti in ruins. The island nation's recovery plan includes job and wealth creation outside the capital city, Port-au-Prince. The UN will track how the donated funds are spent. After Wednesday's meeting, Haitian President Rene Preval thanked donors and urged fellow Haitians to "respond rapidly and appropriately."