The FIFA Finance Committee, chaired by FIFA Vice-President Julio Grondona, held a meeting in Zurich today, 4 February 2010, during which it approved a proposal to support the Haitian football family with an additional USD 3 million following the earthquake that devastated the country on 12 January. FIFA had already provided immediate emergency aid of USD 250,000 shortly after the earthquake.
Following a detailed report on the dramatic situation in Haiti from FIFA Vice-President and CONCACAF President Jack Warner, who recently visited the country, the members of the committee unanimously decided to set up a Special Projects Fund of USD 3 million.
This fund will be dedicated to assisting the Haitian football family in areas such as the reconstruction of the football association’s headquarters, technical centres and regional youth facilities and to supporting the association’s leagues and youth competitions by providing basic football equipment.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said: “Just like everyone else, I was deeply moved by the reports coming from Haiti. We will continue to evaluate the situation very closely with the Haitian Football Association and will do everything in our power to assist them in their hour of need.“