FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has written to the 32 member association presidents whose teams will compete at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ in order to outline FIFA’s plan to help earthquake-stricken Haiti.
In the days following the disaster, FIFA made an allocation of USD 250,000 in emergency aid and, after carefully evaluating the magnitude of devastation, world football’s governing body approved a USD 3 million Special Fund for Haiti which will be managed directly by FIFA from Zurich to finance projects submitted by the Haitian Football Association (FHF). Now FIFA has taken further steps to assist the Caribbean nation.
President Blatter’s letter read: “With a greater understanding of the magnitude of the human toll and widespread destruction, it is clear that the relief and recovery effort will require attention for the coming months and years.
“In recognition of this need, FIFA has also decided to donate all 2 per cent levies – as prescribed in article 73.1 of the FIFA Statutes – from friendly matches involving participating member associations of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ in the period of 1 March to 11 June 2010. To achieve more impact and to act in solidarity, we look forward to having all 32 participating member associations join this effort by making an additional donation of two per cent for a total combined donation of four percent from each friendly.
"FIFA will collect all donations and administer them through the Special Fund for Haiti."