Wednesday 20 September 2017

Three aid agencies get €800,000 to help in Haiti

Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

THE State is to provide funding of more than €800,000 for three Irish aid agencies working in Haiti.

The funding, to be given to Concern, World Vision and Haven, will support child protection measures and the provision of clean water and sanitation following the earthquake that devastated the country last month.

"The Government's response, both financially and in kind, has exceeded €3m and I expect to make additional financial commitments to Haiti's recovery in the coming weeks," Overseas Development Minister Peter Power said.

A charity football match in aid of Haven will take place in Dublin today.

Media figures such as Richard Curran from 'Dragon's Den'; Irish Independent political editor Fionnan Sheahan; 'Sunday Independent' GAA correspondent Damian Lawlor and 'Sunday Business Post' journalist John Burke will be among those taking part.

The game kicks off at 2pm, with Shelbourne FC providing Tolka Park in Drumcondra as the venue.

Meanwhile, Digicel boss Denis O'Brien was named as a goodwill ambassador yesterday for the earthquake-hit city of Port-au-Prince.

Irish Independent

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