The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has announced grants totaling $575,000 to three organizations working to help children who were severely traumatized by the January earthquake that flattened large areas of Haiti.
Two previous winners of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize, Partners in Health and SOS Children's Villages International, will receive a total of $300,000 over two years for a collaborative project to help orphans and other children affected by the magnitude-7.0 earthquake, which killed some 220,000 people and injured more than 300,000. The $1.3 million project is working to develop a permanent facility outside Port-au-Prince that will provide housing, medical services, education support, psychosocial care, and other services for children.
In addition, the Global Fund for Children will receive $275,000 over three years to partner with locally led, community-based organizations in Haiti that are assisting vulnerable children, including orphans and children affected by AIDS. In particular, GFC is searching for organizations that provide early childhood development services for children under the age of 8 just outside of Port-au-Prince, where hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the earthquake have temporarily settled, as well as children in marginalized areas of the capital who have received little or no assistance from other agencies. According to UNICEF, there are some 500,000 vulnerable children in Haiti who lack access to basic care and services.
The grants increased the Hilton Foundation's contributions to Haiti to nearly $1.1 million. "The Hilton Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people around the world, and no one is more vulnerable than children after a major disaster," said Hilton Foundation president and CEO Steven M. Hilton. "Recovery and rebuilding has been incredibly challenging in Haiti. But we believe that these organizations that have excellent track records in Haiti and around the world can bring much-needed assistance to children still suffering from the earthquake."