PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The American government has awarded $4 million to help Haitian families hurt by a drought in the Caribbean nation's northwest.
The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince said Thursday that the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded the money to CARE International.
About 60,000 people living in the remote village of Jean-Rabel who are malnourished or at the risk of severe hunger will receive food vouchers for 10 months under the emergency assistance. Some of the money will be used to develop savings and loans programs.
Haiti's northwestern corner has long been prone to dry weather conditions but a drought since October has been particularly acute. Subsistence farmers have lost two harvest seasons, seen food prices climb and have struggled to feed their families.