Sending Office: Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
Deadline: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
I write to you today to ask for your support for the Haitian Educational Empowerment Act of 2019.
As Haiti continues the work of rebuilding from not only Hurricane Matthew, but the 2010 earthquake and Cholera outbreak, we must do all that we can to ensure that the Haitian people receive the assistance they need to realize a vibrant, strong,
and healthy democracy.
In 2010, Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake destroyed government buildings, hospitals, schools, vital aid infrastructure, and the State University of Haiti. The State University of Haiti is the country’s main
public university and had 80 percent of its building destroyed during the earthquake. Already in a perilous position after the earthquake, Haiti then suffered a Cholera outbreak and sustained significant damage when Hurricane Matthew hit the country in 2016.
The Haitian Educational Empowerment Act of 2019 authorizes the Secretary of State to establish a scholarship program for Haitian students who have had their studies disrupted by the 2010 earthquake or Hurricane Matthew. Such scholarships
will ensure that Haiti has access to the future teachers, doctors, lawyers and civil servants it will need to realize its full potential with strong democratic institutions and a strong economy.
If you have any questions or would like to be an original co-sponsor my bill, please contact Tom Carnes in my office at
email@example.com or 5-1313.
Alcee L. Hastings
Member of Congress
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