OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
OPEC bulletin 3–4/17
One of OFID’s health and hygiene promotion programmes in Haiti.
n 2014, OFID supported the Foundation for the Social
Promotion of Culture to empower and improve living
conditions for rural households in Bolivia and Haiti. The
project, funded through OFID’s grants window, secured
more inclusive and reliable access to water resources.
More than 20,000 people have benefitted from
improvedwater facilities inBolivia.Theproject, which tar-
geted eight towns in Santa Cruz, has responded directly
to the needs of each of the districts.
Larger districts were provided with water purification
plants, while in smaller communities, deep wells were
OFID’s support, which amounted to $800,000, also
contributed to improving living conditions for the rural
poor in Haiti.
This component of the project involved Food for the
Poor, one of the largest international relief and
development organizations in the United States.
The aims were similar to those in Bolivia:
to improve living conditions for the country’s
rural poor. Over 19,200 people have benefit-
ted directly through the construction of houses
with proper sanitation and solar water filtration
The Santanas, a family of six from Haiti, are
proud newhomeowners. Before the project, they
and worried about the health risks posed to their
“We would pretend it was safe and that they
would never get hurt or infected,” they said.
Now the Santanas have been provided with
a newhome equippedwith a personal sanitation
unit and a water cistern.
People like Candelaria Anduíra, from Bolivia’s indig-
enous community, Guaraní, have also experienced a pro-
“Lifewasveryhard,” she said, “especially for women,
as we had to travel up to five miles a day to bring water.”
As a result of cleanwater delivered directly to homes,
women in Candelaria’s community have time to cater to
other tasks. “I now have time to be withmy children after
they come back from school,” she added.
Safe water for drinking, cleaning and other sanitary
purposeswill help significantly in the fight against water-
In line with this, the project targeted communities
prone to illnesses such as cholera and encouraged them
tobecomemore involved in themanagement of their own
Bolivia, Haiti benefit from access to clean water
Working with the Spanish-based Foundation for the Social Promotion of Culture (FPSC), a non-
governmental organization, OFID is ensuring that rural households in Bolivia and Haiti are provided with
reliable access to clean water. OFID’s
Fatma Elzahra Elshhati