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A Trinidad-based non-government organisation has signed a contract for the development of a “Village” at Digue Matheux on Haiti’s west coast.
Former diplomat Reginald Dumas, who chairs the Medianet Haiti Relief Fund that was established with the publishing house, Medianet, and Jean Duret, president of the Haitian construction company, SIGNA S A, signed the contract for construction of the Village.
The Fund said that on completion, the Digue Matheux Village Development is expected to provide homes for up to 300 families in an economically viable village community and, hopefully, will serve as a template for other developments across the country.
The first phase of the project, estimated at two million dollars, is the largest ever single project undertaken by the fund since it was established in 2009.
The Medianet Haiti Relief Fund saisd it had raised more than four million dollars (One TT dollar = US$0.16 cents) following the earthquake in January 2010 that killed an estimated 300,000 people and left more than a million others homeless. It said the contributions came from the public in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.
The fund has also contributed TT$100,000 towards expenses for 63 students from the State University of Haiti, who were given scholarships to complete their first degree programmes at the St Augustine campus of The University of the West Indies in 2010.