FACT SHEET: Venezuela’s Aid to Haiti

Posted on January 28, 2010


 From the Embassy of Venezuela, Washington, DC 

Haiti: A Common Purpose

Venezuela’s Aid to Haiti

Food, Tents, Gasoline Sent to Haiti; All Debts Forgiven

Solidarity with Haiti is based on
humanistic and historical
reasons. Haiti played an
important role in Venezuela’s
battle for independence, and as
the world’s first black republic it
served as an inspiration to
Venezuelan patriots. The
devastation caused by the
January 12 earthquake was a
shock to Venezuela, motivating
the government to marshal its
resources to help the Haitian
people in what is one of their most difficult times.


Since January 13, Venezuela has sent six shipments of
food aid, equipment and trained professionals to Haiti to
help with search-and-rescue operations, tend to the
injured and provide basic necessities to survivors of the
earthquake. The shipments have included around 679
tons of food and 127 tons of equipment, including water
purification systems, electrical generators and heavy
equipment for moving rubble.1


On January 17, President Chávez announced that
Venezuela would send 225,000 barrels of gasoline and
diesel to Haiti for use in generating electricity and in
vehicles. The shipment arrived in the Dominican
Republic on January 21.2

Prior to the earthquake, Haiti consumed approximately
11,000 barrels of oil products per
day. Since the earthquake struck,
Haiti has suffered gas shortages
that have hampered search-and
rescue operations, the delivery of
aid and basic reconstruction
efforts. Based on pre-earthquake
consumption of oil, Venezuela’s shipment of gasoline and
diesel could power Haiti for a full month.


On January 22, the CITGO
Petroleum Corporation, which is
owned by the Venezuelan State
Oil Company, shipped 20 tons of
aid to Haiti in the form of tents,
cots, and non battery-operated
AM/FM radios. The shipment
was the first installment in what
will be 120 tons of aid aimed at
helping between 8,000 and
10,000 Haitians left homeless by
the earthquake. The aid is being coordinated with the
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the
Embassy of Haiti in Washington, D.C.3

The first CITGO shipment of aid allowed for the
construction of the first tent encampment, Simon Bolivar
1, in the city of Leogane about 35 miles from Port-au-
Prince. The encampment will house 800 people, and
arrangements are being made to provide necessary
services to those living there. The second and third
shipments of aid purchased by CITGO will be flown to
Haiti by the Bolivian government.

Additionally, CITGO is conducting a fund-raising
campaign, aimed at increasing the help to the people of
Haiti. This campaign involves CITGO’s 3,600 employees
and more than a thousand energy companies, suppliers,
marketers and owners of CITGO branded service
stations, as well as non-governmental/non-profit
organizations, especially those with which CITGO is
partnering in different social development initiatives.

Furthermore, the Simón Bolívar
Foundation is also matching
dollar-for-dollar, up to
$600,000 in monetary
donations by CITGO employees,
which could add $1.2 million to
the total aid being provided.

If you have any questions about the CITGO effort or
would like to offer your support, please contact Daniel

679 tons of food, 127 tons of equipment

225,000 barrels of gasoline and diesel

120 tons of tents, cots and AM/FM radios

$352 million in debt forgiven

23,000 medical consults, 2,000 operations

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.

1 “A Look at Foreign Quake Aid for Haiti,” Associated Press, January 20, 2010.

2 “Venezuela Sends Needed Gasoline and Diesel to Haiti,” Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, January 19, 2010.

3 “CITGO Starts Shipment of 120 Tons of Humanitarian Aid to Haiti,” CITGO, January 22, 2010.

4 “Chavez Forgives Haiti’s Debt,” Agence France-Presse, January 27, 2010.

5 “Médicos del ALBA han realizado 23 mil consultas en Haití,” ViveTV, January 26, 2010.

Cortez at (832) 486-5557 or Gustavo Cardenas at (832) 486-1740.


On January 25, President Chávez announced that he was forgiving Haiti’s debt to Venezuela, which amounted to $352
million – or roughly one-third of Haiti’s total debt.

In making the announcement, President Chávez said, “Haiti has no debt with Venezuela – on the contrary, it is
Venezuela that has a historic debt with Haiti.”4


Along with members of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA), Venezuela has shipped an additional 5,248
tons of food aid to Haiti. President Chávez also proposed that ALBA create a $100 million Humanitarian Fund to
strengthen sanitary, energy, financial and educational aid and assistance to Haiti.

Additionally, doctors from ALBA member-countries – including Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Dominica,
Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines – have performed 23,000 medical consults, 2,000
operations and 7,000 vaccinations in 16 mobile hospitals.5

Since 2007, Haiti has been a member of Venezuela’s PetroCaribe initiative, through which countries receive
preferential financing arrangements on oil purchases. As a member of the initiative, Haiti has received 1,000 barrels of
oil per day – 10 percent of its daily consumption – at savings of over $225 million, which is available to be invested in
social development projects.

Additionally, through PetroCaribe Haiti has seen the installation of three power plants (60 megawatts), in locations of
Carrefour, Cap Haitien and Gonaives; the reconstruction of a market in Port au Prince, adding 50 new warehouses; the
provision of 23 vehicles for solid waste management and the construction of housing for 128 families in the Cite Soleil

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