Improving access and water quality for Matthew’s affected communities

Les Cayes, October 31, 2017– UNICEF Haiti, with the financial assistance of the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and USAID, supports the National Directorate of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DINEPA) and the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) for the implementation of a project to rehabilitate 9 water sources, 2 distribution networks and 5 artesian wells in the communes of Chantal and Saint-Louis du Sud (Southern Department), hit hard by Hurricane Matthew.

This project is part of the actions initiated by UNICEF and supported by its donors to strengthen the capacity of DINEPA whose mission is to implement the Haitian State’s policy in the water sector, hygiene and sanitation, so as to guarantee the right of the population, especially children and women, to have access to drinking water.

The activities of this project will also enable the inhabitants of the targeted communities to obtain useful information, through sensitization, on the good hygiene practices to adopt in order to protect themselves from diseases, such as cholera, related to the consumption of unsafe and contaminated water.

The people of the targeted communities were really enthusiastic and happy for the idea of finalizing the rehabilitation of these structures.

“Before the start of the rehabilitation work, the capture box of the river was filled with alluvium, now we are sure that there will be an improvement in the quality of the water after the interventions. We are satisfied with the work in progress “, says Micheline Jeanne Zeno, an authority of the locality of Mélonière.

“Through this project, UNICEF, supported by its donors, wants to contribute to strengthening the resilience of communities, including those isolated in the mountains and very hard to reach, in addition to being vulnerable to natural hazards, victims of Hurricane Matthew, “says Olivier Hounkou, WASH specialist at UNICEF.

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