August 12, 2010
Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation
President Bush traveled to Haiti this week to witness the rebuilding efforts firsthand, meet with Haitians about their immediate needs and future hopes, and visit with organizations that are assisting in the rebuilding effort with support from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
During a visit with mango farmers after he arrived, he said, "Our goal is to help this society go from one that is dependent on aid to one that can grow its way to prosperity." A grant from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund will benefit an initial group of up to 5,000 mango farmers and their families. We hope this model will help transform the entire mango sector, increase exports and incomes, and ultimately benefit 25,000 mango farming families in Haiti.
President Bush met up with his daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, while visiting GHESKIO in Haiti. To watch Jenna’s report, check out NBC’s Today Show segment:
President Bush met with Dr. Jean W. Pape and GHESKIO staff, clients, and patients at a medical clinic in Port-au-Prince. In the aftermath of the earthquake, GHESKIO has provided emergency health care, shelter, micro-loans, and humanitarian assistance to thousands of Haitians with support from a Clinton Bush Haiti Fund grant.
President Bush visited with INDEPCO leaders and workers in Port-au-Prince. Garment manufacturing is one of the most important industries in the Haitian economy, and the INDEPCO association of apparel micro-entrepreneurs is helping keep the industry running by fulfilling orders for school uniforms and other garments, and by housing seamstresses and tailors whose workshops are being rebuilt. CBHF’s grant to INDEPCO will allow it to repair a key building to house displaced ateliers, complete an order for 40,000 school uniforms, and employ more garment workers by expanding its network and sales.
To help our neighbors in need, please visit www.clintonbushhaitifund.org and give what you can.