Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Dan Mica is part of a delegation of credit unions and organizations, led by World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) President/CEO Pete Crear, that arrived in Haiti April 21, to meet with credit unions and members suffering from the effects of Haiti's Jan. 12 earthquake.
More than 400,000 people in Haiti are served by 220 member-owned credit unions. Several credit unions were destroyed in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake. "Our challenge will be to help the strongest credit unions get back on their feet to help Haitians help themselves and their communities rebuild their lives through small loans and a safe place to save," Mica said.
Mica and the rest of the delegation visited damaged credit unions in Port-au-Prince and the earthquake epicenter at Leogane, to hear first-hand how the quake affected staff and members of the credit unions. The delegation also visited several caisses populaires (credit unions), all of which have operated from tents donated by WOCCU since the destruction of their buildings.
More than 1,000 donors have contributed to the WOCCU Haitian Relief Fund, including U.S. credit unions contributing through CUAid.coop. The League of Southeastern Credit Union Trustees approved a $10,000 donation to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
For more information on the WOCCU Supporters program or the Haiti Relief Fund, contact Valerie Breunig, executive director of Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or at 608-395-2055.