Donors Meet on Haiti Aid Drive
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April 1, 2010, New York Times — International donors met Wednesday to pledge up to $4 billion to Haiti, the first step in a worldwide effort to rebuild the country after January's catastrophic earthquake.
"What we envision today is wholesale national renewal, a sweeping exercise in nation-building on a scale and scope not seen in generations," United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, opening a one-day conference of some 120 countries, international organizations and aid agencies.
Ban called for quick donations in response to a U.N. request for $1.4 billion in immediate humanitarian assistance. So far, the request has only been half funded, fueling fears that the rainy season will compound the disaster for some 1.2 million Haitians left homeless by the Jan. 12 quake.