On Wednesday, November 21st, PADF’s Participative Development Project (PRODEPUR) was toured by Dr. Warren Smith, President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The visit marked the second time this month PADF was visited by the director of a major multilateral funding institution-World Bank President Dr. Jim Kim viewed the Foundation’s home-repair program in early November.
“We were very pleased to have the opportunity to show Dr. Smith the scope and breadth of our interventions,” Kerline Pierre Rock, Director of PRODEPUR, explains. “PRODEPUR has implemented over 140 community-based projects (out of an anticipated 260) in some of the most marginalized areas of Port-au-Prince, and we were proud to be able to show Dr. Smith what is possible when you invest in communities.”
Dr. Smith toured several PRODEPUR project sights in Haiti’s Bel Air neighborhood, a low-income zone that has often been privy to conflict. With Ms. Rock and PADF’s Country Director Nadia Cherrouk, Dr. Smith visited a female-owned and managed water treatment facility, a youth carpentry workshop and job-training facility, and a community road which had been rehabilitated through PRODEPUR’s infrastructure projects. He additionally discussed grassroots development with the Bel Air COPRODEP, the PRODEPUR municipal councils that oversee projects in their respective zones. Throughout the visit, Dr. Smith expressed his contentment with what had been accomplished, and asked if the model could be replicated in other areas of the Caribbean.
Dr. Smith’s visit to PADF was part of a 3-day tour of Haiti that included meetings with the Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe, and the Minister of Economy and Finance Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie. The purpose of the visit was to review CDB funded-projects as well as explore new ways of strengthening cooperation between the Bank and Haiti.