Caterpillar Gives the Gift of Power to the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti

This year, Caterpillar celebrates the 35th anniversary of one of its most powerful engines – the 3500. "While most people know Caterpillar for our construction or mining equipment, Caterpillar has a long history of quietly providing power and backup power for a large variety of customers around the world," said Tana Utley, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Large Power Systems Division. "When we were trying to decide how to celebrate this milestone for our gold-standard engine, we wanted to do something meaningful and to demonstrate the power of power."

Tonight at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City, Caterpillar announced that it would be giving a 3500 generator to St. Luke's Foundation for Haiti. St. Luke's provides healthcare, education and dignified humanitarian outreach to the least served populations of Haiti, with programs that employ more than 1,000 Haitian staff members. 

St. Luke's Medical Director, Dr. Nathalie Colas, was at the Festival and spoke about how a reliable electricity supply will ensure the critical needs of Haiti's most vulnerable populations can be met without interruption, and how the lifesaving work of St. Luke's can be expanded to serve the broader Haitian population.

Caterpillar believes that women in particular illustrate the power of power, the power that energy has to shape families, societies, futures and the world. According to the United Nations (UN), "Empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth. Yet gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every society." One way to address gender inequalities is through access to energy. Girls and women are disproportionately impacted by the lack of energy access, and that has a significant impact on communities.

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L-R: Michele Sullivan, President of the Caterpillar Foundation; Tana Utley, Vice President of Caterpillar Large Power Systems; Dr. Nathalie Colas, Medical Director of St. Luke Hospital

L-R: Michele Sullivan, President of the Caterpillar Foundation;

Tana Utley, Vice President of Caterpillar Large Power Systems;

Dr. Nathalie Colas, Medical Director of St. Luke Hospital