240 Generators to Light Up Haiti

Jun 01, 2010, 09:10 ET from Pan American Development Foundation

Briggs & Stratton donation to Haiti Partners and PADF

WASHINGTON, June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A donation of 240 portable generators will light up emergency centers, clinics and classrooms that are still in the dark nearly four months after the powerful earthquake hit Haiti, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) says. www.PanAmericanRelief.org

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"This generous and much-needed in-kind contribution by Briggs & Stratton will make a significant difference in the lives of Haitians," says John Sanbrailo, PADF's executive director.

Briggs & Stratton's 5.5 kw generators, called Storm Responders, are powerful enough to provide electricity for a small home. They are portable and can run for 13 hours on a tank of gasoline.

"We are humbled to make this donation that will hopefully make a difference in the quality of everyday living in Haiti," said Laura Timm, Director of Corporate Communications at Briggs & Stratton. "Our core value is to improve the lives of others in our community and in order to make a difference we must consider that community the world."

The donation, valued at $250,000, was coordinated by Vero Beach, Fla.-based Haiti Partners, which will distribute 190 generators to schools, churches and clinics. PADF will share its 50 generators with Haiti's Civil Protection Department. The generators should clear customs by June 4.

In the eight weeks after the powerful quake, more than 300,000 people received food, water, shelter, medicine and other supplies from PADF and its partners thanks to individual, corporate and multilateral donations.

In addition to relief work, PADF and its partners Hollywood Unites for Haiti (HUFH) and the Organization of American States (OAS) have initiated recovery and reconstruction in key areas of Port-au-Prince and the Southeast province.

Individual and corporate donations to PADF-OAS-HUFH's Haiti relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts are encouraged by calling toll-free in the U.S. (877) 572-4484 or visiting www.PanAmericanRelief.org.

About Briggs & Stratton

Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, is the world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiary Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group LLC is North America's number one manufacturer of portable generators and pressure washers, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lawn and garden and turf care through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Ferris® and Murray® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents.

About PADF

PADF is a non-profit organization established in 1962 to promote, facilitate, and implement social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the past year, it had more than 5.6 million beneficiaries in 18 countries.

PADF is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Haiti. With nearly three decades of work on the ground, PADF now manages a large portfolio of activities ranging from community-driven development to protecting human rights.

PADF is in based in Washington, D.C., and has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere. www.padf.org

SOURCE Pan American Development Foundation