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USAID Provides $32 Million to Respond to Haiti Earthquake

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development announced $32 million in humanitarian assistance for Haiti as the Agency continues to lead the U.S. government response to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14.

Samantha Power, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, said Thursday that the money would be spent on shelter, healthcare, food, water “and other urgent life-saving priorities.”

Speaking in Port-au-Prince after visiting the earthquake zone in the south, the head of the USAID said the U.S was committed to learning from mistakes of the 2010 earthquake when imported goods undermined local markets. She said her department was encouraging all aid purchases to be done locally when possible.

“No development agency, no army or diplomatic corps can import a perfect humanitarian response from afar,” she said. “You need local expertise and leadership to to reach communities in need.”

Prime Minister Ariel Henry, also speaking at Thursday’s event, defended his administration’s response, saying “there is no chaos” in terms of aid delivery.

“Our country is in a difficult situation socially, politically and economically,” he said, “and this earthquake has aggravated everything.”

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