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Taiwanese-built water system launched in Haiti

Staff writer, with CNA

A government-funded agency and the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China have helped establish a water system in Haiti to offer residents of one village easier access to water for daily use and irrigation.

The project, run by the International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) and the Red Cross, was formally inaugurated on Friday last week, TaiwanICDF said in a statement over the weekend.

The new water supply system was part of Taiwan’s efforts to help Haitians who suffered after a magnitude 7 earthquake struck the Caribbean nation in January 2010, leaving about 200,000 dead and about 1 million people homeless, TaiwanICDF said.

The project was begun last year in an effort to improve the quality of life for residents in the Taiwanese-built New Hope Village in Savane Diane, which houses people relocated from Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, in the wake of the earthquake.

In a video produced by TaiwanICDF to mark the launch of the new system, a resident recalls that in the past it took three hours to collect water from a water source and bring it back home, but this is no longer necessary.

The system directs water to the village so that the 215 families have easy access to safe, clean water, while farmers have regular supplies for irrigation.

Many of the Haitians shown in the video expressed their gratitude for the water system.

To help the Haitians get back on their feet following the earthquake, Taiwan’s government also commissioned TaiwanICDF and the Red Cross to help improve agricultural production in Haiti and teach locals how to repair the water system if necessary.

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