Businesses and individual people from all across America and 10 countries have achieved a goal of $6.7 million raised to help children in Flint recover from lead exposure in their drinking water.
A goal of $100 million has been set by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint for the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. According to Kathi Horton, president of the foundation, “We estimate that this fund is going to need between $50 million and $100 million if it’s going to really have wrap-around, fill-the-gap resources for these children and their families for the next 20 years. We have a very, very long journey ahead of us.”
The fund is commonly called the “Dr. Mona fund”, since Flint pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha made the first donation after she discovered high levels of lead in Flint children’s blood which triggered the public health emergency.
The foundation will also manage donations to other funds for nutrition programs and replacement of appliances and pipes.