Venezuelan Aid to Haiti: Letter from Venezuelan Ambassador to Rep. Donald Payne

Posted on January 22, 2010


Venezuelan aid to Haiti: Letter from Venezuelan Ambassador to US Con

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Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:01 am (PST)

January 21, 2010
The Honorable Donald Payne
Chairman
Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health
Committee on Foreign Affairs
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. –

Dear Chairman Payne,

I am writing to request your support for an initiative that is being
organized through CITGO Petroleum Corporation with the support of the
Embassy of Haiti and the Embassy of Venezuela in the U.S. to provide
shelter and other needed equipment to the Haitian people in their
time of need.

In coordination with Venezuela’s embassy in Washington and Ambassador
Raymond A. Joseph, Haiti’s ambassador to the U.S, CITGO is organizing
a program which will provide large tents with mattresses and blankets
to house, in its first phase, up to 10,000 people on a temporary
basis. This is vital because it is estimated that up to 1.5 million
Haitians are homeless in the wake of the earthquake.

A second phase will be financed by CITGO and employee donations, and
we hope to multiply the effort through contributions by affiliates,
partners, marketers and related industries. This would be aided
significantly with your support. CITGO is coordinating with Haitian
authorities to ensure that this help is put to best use given the
circumstances on the ground.

Much as the rest of the international community, Venezuela was
shocked by the scale of death and destruction caused by the massive
earthquake. As an oil producing country and a partner to Haiti
through the PetroCaribe initiative, Venezuela is providing 225,000
barrels of gasoline and diesel this week to be used for the
generation of electricity and other purposes. The shipment will be
received by a refinery in the Dominican Republic. Before the
earthquake struck, Haiti consumed approximately 11,000 barrels of oil
products day. It is estimated that Venezuela’s shipment of gasoline
and diesel could help provide electricity for close to one month.

Venezuela has also provided Haiti with various shipments of
humanitarian assistance, including food, medicine, tools, equipment
and trained soldiers and professionals for search-and-rescue missions
and reconstruction.

In the wake of the disaster in Haiti, Venezuela and CITGO will
continue doing all they can to help the Haitian people and government
recover from the tragedy they have suffered. If you have any
questions about the CITGO effort or would like to offer your support,
please contact Daniel Cortez at (832) 486-5557 or Gustavo Cardenas at
(832) 486-1740.

Respectfully,

Bernardo Álvarez Herrera

Ambassador