Charity set up in memory of only Irishman to die in Haiti disaster given special award
The charity Haven hosted its sixth annual Haiti Ball this evening.
The event at the InterContinental Hotel, Dublin celebrated Haiti Week and raised vital funds following the devastation caused in the country by Hurricane Matthew.
At the event the prestigious William Jefferson Clinton Goodwill for Haiti Award was presented to Gregory Grene and Timothy Perutz, founders of the Andrew Grene Foundation (AGF). The AGF was established in memory of Andrew Grene, a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations, who was the sole Irish fatality in the 2010 earthquake.
Gregory, Andrew’s twin brother, and Timothy, his lifelong friend, set-up the AGF in 2010 to empower the people of Haiti through education, loans and building projects.
It has opened the Andrew Grene High School in Cité Soleil, offering free education and scholarships to hundreds of students in one of the most disadvantaged areas of Port au Prince, the capital of Haiti.
Its microfinance programme in Aquin, south Haiti, equips local women with micro-loans to pave their way out of poverty, with more than 1,600 enrolled in its education project.
Leslie Buckley, Founder and Chairman of Haven, said: “It is a great honour to present this prestigious award to the founders of the AGF. Gregory and Timothy are continuing the legacy of their cherished brother and friend, Andrew, who was incredibly passionate about the people of Haiti. By opening access to education for young people and supporting women to build their own livelihoods, they are transforming thousands of lives in Haiti.”