A major building project was completed this quarter, namely a 150 yard drainage canal that will drain mosquito infested standing water and reduce flooding in the neighborhood adjacent to the Lamp for Haiti Health Center. The project will have tremendous benefits for all of the families along its path. Even more importantly, perhaps, the canal was built entirely with local labor. As of August 30th, the Lamp has spent approximately $17,000 on labor costs alone, here in Bwa Nèf, in 2017. This is an enormous infusion of earnings for the community. Projects have included the canal, a “peace garden” adjacent to the clinic, and renovations of the public toilets and the main clinic building. For a massively underemployed population, this is one of the most significant side benefits of having the Lamp health center in the midst of the community. The dual impact of these projects mean that this is money doubly well spent. The Lamp is building community in more ways than one.
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