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Qatar, Bill Clinton announce $12m Haiti grant

Aid will help Caribbean country restructure following devastating 2010 earthquake

Qatar, Bill Clinton announce $12m Haiti grant
Qatar has teamed up with former US President Bill Clinton to announce the granting of US$12m in aid to Haiti, officials confirmed on Monday.

Qatar has teamed up with former US President Bill Clinton to announce the granting of US$12m in aid to Haiti, officials confirmed on Monday.

The aid was awarded from the Qatar Haiti Fund and will be directed across various sectors, including health, education and housing, in a bid to help the Caribbean nation recover from damage caused by the 2010 earthquake, the Associated Press reported, citing Ambassador Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi.

Some of the projects which are part of the grant include US$2m for a mobile health clinic established by Partners in Health of Boston, Massachusetts and US$5.5m for the University of Notre Dame and the Xavier University of Louisiana for student scholarships.

"I hope it will set an example for other donors who have committed funds but have not been specific yet about when they will deliver. The Qataris have kept their word and done it in an intelligent, forward-looking way,” Clinton said.

In addition, The Qatar Haiti Fund signed a memorandum of understating (MoU) with the United States Agency for International Development to construct around 150 to 200 permanent homes for those who were made homeless by the earthquake. The project will take place on land donated by the Haitian government, located in Cabaret, northwest of the capital