Water project in Haiti benefits 80,000 residents

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A UNICEF-supported water project is targeting 50 of the poorest neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The programme, which repairs water systems damaged by the earthquake, will benefit some 80,000 people.

UNICEF says the improvements to the community are especially popular with the children, who finally have a safe place to play.

As for the water, it benefits everyone, young and old alike says Homéus Jean Rénel, president of local water committee.

“The programme is very important because it is water, and you know, water is the symbol of life. And it’s been 17 years since the program began here. Before, there was no water; but once the water program began, there was a better life here.”

Residents are charged less than two cents for five gallons of water.

The money raised pays the city water bill, covers staff salaries to run the water kiosks, and is used to fund small-scale development projects.

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