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Republic of China (Taiwan)
February 3, 2010
President Ma proposes pilot programs for Haiti’s reconstruction
President Ma Ying-jeou concluded a visit to Honduras January 28, after which he traveled to the Dominican Republic and met with Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and Dominican President Leonel Fernandez. The three leaders discussed how to help Haiti get back on its feet in the wake of the devastating January 12 earthquake. In addition to delivering 10 metric tons of relief supplies, President Ma proposed four key pilot programs for Haiti’s reconstruction during the talks.
The president pointed out that the experience Taiwan gained in rebuilding after the August Flood of 2009 can serve as a reference for other countries. As rescue work in Haiti winds down, the focus will turn to rebuilding and the resettling of survivors. To further help the Caribbean nation, Taiwan is considering offering assistance in the following areas:
Professional teams from Taiwan that are experienced in overseas rescue, public health and medical care services are looking to set up medical missions in Haiti to provide needed medical services.
Taiwan hopes to help Haiti build a “Hope Village.” To start, Taiwan will donate shelters sufficient for 200 households or 1,000 people. This donation may be increased in the future to structures accommodating 1,000 households or 5,000 people, so that disaster victims not only may have houses to live in but also may find jobs.
Adjacent to the “Hope Village,” Taiwan plans to set up farms to provide villagers with jobs. Taiwan is also looking to cooperate with the Dominican Republic on providing materials to be used in building shelters for earthquake victims. This will increase both job and business opportunities in the Dominican Republic. Through this project, Taiwan hopes to help Haiti’s people get back to their normal lives as soon as possible.
Tens of thousands of children were made orphans by the earthquake. World Vision Taiwan is very experienced in helping disadvantaged children and has had a great deal of success in this area. Taiwan can establish organizations dedicated to sponsoring Haitian orphans.
President Ma stressed that its people are committed to participating in international relief efforts. He said the process of recovery is a long one, and it requires those involved to be psychologically prepared to make an extended effort. It is the president’s hope that initial results from the aforementioned pilot programs will be seen by the time the World Summit for the Reconstruction of Haiti convenes on April 14 in the Dominican Republic. Citing the nation’s longstanding friendship with Haiti, Ma said that Taiwan would continue to offer its steadfast support, and called on all countries to join in relief efforts.
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