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OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

OPEC bulletin 3–4/17

One of OFID’s health and hygiene promotion programmes in Haiti.

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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

constructed.

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

units.

The Santanas, a family of six from Haiti, are

proud newhomeowners. Before the project, they

describedhowtheylived inunsanitaryconditions

and worried about the health risks posed to their

four children.

“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-

found change.

“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-

borne diseases.

In line with this, the project targeted communities

prone to illnesses such as cholera and encouraged them

tobecomemore involved in themanagement of their own

resources.

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

reports.