6,000 residents of Labadie Benefit from Improved Sanitation Infrastructure
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Cap-Haitian, Haiti (May 26, 2016) — Residents of Labadie Village on the north coast of Haiti now have access to clean water and improved sanitation, thanks to a partnership between Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF).
Before the sanitation project, residents in Labadie had limited access to drinking water and other basic services. With $300,000 in funding from Royal Caribbean, PADF has taken measures to protect the water supply and improve infrastructure to reduce the risk of community-based disease outbreaks. Today, 1,200 families now benefit from an upgraded water reservoir, a refurbished clean water kiosk and a new water catchment system. In addition, more than 8,000 trees were planted to protect the local watershed.
“We seek to enhance the wellbeing of the communities in which we live and work,” says Adam Goldstein, President and Chief Operating Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We have been committed to Haiti for decades and are pleased to provide sustainable solutions which make life easier for residents and make them more resilient to potential health threats.”
Launched in October 2015, the sanitation project installed solar water pumps, repaired water storage tanks and cleaned water collection receptacles to reduce the risk of contamination. PADF also launched a hygiene awareness campaign and trained residents in how to properly dispose of wastewater. The project built several new facilities to improve the lives of residents including community showers, a fish breeding pond and dozens of laundry stations.
“We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with Royal Caribbean to help vulnerable communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean,” says John Sanbrailo, executive director of PADF. “We anticipate that the improvements to Labadie Village will promote greater development in Northern Haiti.”
Royal Caribbean has invested $3.3 million in Haiti since 2000, from earthquake relief to building a state-of-the-art school in Labadie. Since 2007, Royal Caribbean has donated nearly $1.9 million to PADF to fund disaster management, community strengthening and sustainable livelihoods in 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, part of a program of destination stewardship that assists those communities where Royal Caribbean ships visit.
The non-profit foundation of the Organization of American States, PADF operates throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to generate economic opportunities, advance social progress, strengthen civil society, and prepare for and respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In 2015, the Foundation reached more than 17 million people in 22 countries. www.padf.org
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