We Can Help Haiti

We’d mentioned this before, that the Prime Minister had asked local commercial banks to create accounts for people to donate to the Haitian Relief effort. Now the Bankers Association of T&T has advised that each of its eight member banks has opened an account and it invites the public to make financial donations to assist Haiti in its recovery process.

List of created Bank Accounts                                                                Bank Account Number
Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Limited                                                 74815 /1209309
First Citizens Bank Limited                                                                         2366947
Bank of Baroda                                                                                               95610200000740
RBC Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago                                                   11-000-000-335-9145
Republic Bank Limited                                                                                 180 801 049 001
JMMB Bank                                                                                                      557769-0201
First Caribbean International Bank (Trinidad and Tobago)                  180002851
Citibank (Trinidad and Tobago) Limited                                                   5109882021

The campaign hashtag is #WeCanHelpHaiti and people are being encouraged to donate $6, at least, to the relief effort.

Help for Hati Bank Accounts

A Release from the Office of the Prime Minister Says:

With more information and images coming to the fore on the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, it is clear that, as good neighbours, we need to lend a helping hand even as we face our own challenges.

The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago continues to liaise with our CARICOM counterparts on the matter of aid to Haiti but has also asked our local banks, if they are so minded, that every branch open a “Help for Haiti” account. The banks have agreed to open the accounts from Monday 10th October, 2016. These accounts will facilitate contributions of citizens across the nation willing to give, however little, towards assisting our Haitian brothers and sisters as they struggle to overcome yet another natural disaster.
The Government will undertake to ensure all contributions get to Haiti to help alleviate the situation they now face. The Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, will make his contribution at his bank in his constituency on Monday.

Editor’s Note: We should know by Monday what those account numbers are.

Caribbean Help for Haiti

CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) is preparing to make a payout to the Government of Haiti as a result of the passage of Hurricane Matthew which triggered payments on the country’s Tropical Cyclone policy. Based on preliminary calculations, Haiti will receive a little over US$20 million – the largest payment ever made by CCRIF. This was revealed this afternoon by CCRIF Chairman Milo Pearson at the IMF/World Bank Group Annual Meetings. He also thanked the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for paying Haiti’s insurance premiums over the last few years in support of that country’s overall disaster risk management strategy, recognising the key role of risk transfer instruments. Since its inception in 2007, CCRIF has made a total of 15 payouts to 10 member governments totalling US$38.8 million, (see list) all within 14 days of the event. This payment will represent the 16th payout, which would make total payouts approximately US$58.8 million. This payment will be Haiti’s second payment from CCRIF. Recall that in 2010, following the devastating earthquake, CCRIF made a payment to the Government of Haiti of US$7.7 million, based on the terms of its Earthquake Policy. That payment represented the first inflow of direct financial assistance received by Haiti at that time. The Haitian government used the CCRIF funds to cover salaries of key emergency personnel, thereby “keeping the wheels of government turning.”


Editor’s note: The death toll in Haiti has said to have exceeded 900 persons and rising.

Help Haitians, not the Disaster Capitalists — Tillah Willah

Disaster time again, for our sisters and brothers in Haiti. Already the vultures circle, using this tragedy as another opportunity to take advantage or worse, to engage in the pornography of suffering black bodies. Now is not the time for tears, hand-wringing, there are lots of organisations that are quietly doing good work in Haiti that […]

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