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July 12, 2011

Addressing Critical, Unmet Needs

Fund Amount: $1,978,569 Grant

Disbursed to Date: $1,978,569

Above, trained contractors assess damage in a yellow tagged house.
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The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund provided a $2 million grant to the Organization of American States’ Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) to support the repair of multi-family homes in Léogâne, the epicenter of the earthquake. This was the first comprehensive home repair project of its kind in the city.

The project repaired yellow tagged, or moderately damaged, homes in a quick and cost-effective way to bring Haitians back to their old neighborhoods. PADF successfully executed a similar repair project in Port-au-Prince.

Over three months, PADF recruited and trained 240 Haitian engineers, masons, subcontractors, and construction workers to restore approximately 800 homes.

Recognizing that so many Haitians rent their homes, PADF required homeowners to sign an agreement prior to receiving repairs. Under the agreement, landlords may not raise rent during the first year following renovations.

PADF worked alongside Haiti’s Ministry of Public Works and community leaders to identify specific neighborhoods for repairs, hire workers, and help manage the project.

Why We Invested in PADF

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund's grant to PADF reflects our goal of supporting job creation and preparing people with job and life skills, particularly in the construction sector. It also reflects our near-term goal of filling critical gaps, here for home repair in Léogâne, which lays the groundwork for longer-term reconstruction.

Transforming Lives and Livelihoods

  • Provided rapid access to safe, permanent housing for 7,200 Haitians with the repair of 800 damaged multi-family homes in Léogâne.
  • Hired and trained Haitian engineers, masons, subcontractors, and workers in modern earthquake and hurricane construction standards.
  • Developed and shared training materials on safe construction.
  • Created a way for Haitian families to return to their homes and neighborhoods.

About the OAS and PADF

The Organization of American States (OAS) is the world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, which was held in Washington, D.C. from October 1889 to April 1890. Today, it is comprised of 34 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean. The Pan American Development Foundation, which was created in 1962, is an affiliate of the OAS.

PADF is a is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1962 to promote, facilitate and implement social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2010, it helped more than 10.2 million beneficiaries in 22 countries. Headquartered in Washington DC, PADF has field offices in Haiti and Colombia. Learn more at

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