The Communauté d’agglomération de l’Artois (metropolitan community of Artois) has supported SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL in Haiti since 2013.
By harnessing the 1% contribution clause under the Oudin-Santini law, the metropolitan community of Béthune and Bruay-La-Buissière, comprising 65 municipalities, has funded the sanitation network reconstruction and rehabilitation works in the Christ-Roi district in Port-au-Prince in Haiti since 2013, areas that have deteriorated considerably since the earthquake in 2010.
2016 saw a new cooperation project involving the Communauté d’Agglomération de l’Artois and SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL in St Marc, also in Haiti. A pilot construction project to create four “mini networks” of community sanitation, spearheaded by the National Directorate for Drinking Water and Sanitation (DINEPA), backed by SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL, will be implemented over the course of the year. Adopting such a participative approach involving the community is a good way to reinforce local skills and capacities to create long-term, sustainable infrastructures.
The aid given by the Communauté d’Agglomération de l’Artois has helped over 600 people, who now have access to dignified and sustainable hygiene conditions in the McDonald, Bas Morne Fort and Maurepas districts of Saint Marc.