International Action Brings Water Treatment to Shantytown

One of the displaced-persons camps in Port-au-Prince, called Martissant 2A, has developed into a sprawling shantytown of 35,000 people and also gained the nickname “the lawless zone,” due to how underserved its residents are. In July of 2011, DINEPA (the Haitian government’s water agency) undertook the responsibility of building five water stations around the area, with the aid of the International Organization for Migration and the International Red Cross. Our job was to install a chlorinator at each government water station; this will ensure that these 35,000 people will have clean, safe water to drink.


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