PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Haitian officials put into action a short-term plan to rehabilitate some of the schools damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The plan is focusing on those spaces that would have served as polling centers for elections scheduled to take place on November 20.
The President of the Republic Jocelerme Privert and Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles met with officials leading the State’s public institutions around the “very short term rehabilitation” of voting centers and school infrastructure.
The meeting took place on Monday, October 31, 2016 and was attended by the Ministers of Economy and Finance, Yves Romain Bastien, Public Works, Jacques Evelt Eveillard, the Governor of the Central Bank, Jean Dubois Baden and his executive directors, Lucien Francoeur of FAES, Clément Bélizaire of UCLBP and Patrick Norame of BMPAD.
The discussions focused on the current work and their future in the areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. They discussed the distribution of projects to the heads of the three public institutions. 166 polling centers needing repair would be under the Economic and Social Assistance Fund (FAES), 43 by the Office of Monetization of Development Aid Programs (BMPAD) and 31 by the Housing and Public Buildings Construction Unit (UCLBP).
FAES, the BMPAD and UCLBP will respectively share the South and departments of Grand’Anse, Nippes, the Nord’Ouest and West. The work therefore concern a total of 240 voting centers, equivalent to 1,226 polling stations and 608,846 voters. These voting centers some of which today serve as temporary shelters for the affected families are classified into three groups: national schools, non-public schools (church schools, community), public institutions (CASEC offices, town councils), churches and private institutions.
This rehabilitation strategy aims to meet the immediate needs of the schools and the resumption of elections. The President of the Republic stressed the prioritization of local firms in the realization of this work. Several firms engaged by the book Masters are already there and have already begun work in the South and Nippes. The reconstruction of two schools in Camp-Perrin and Torbeck, and six (6) other in Nippes have begun effect.
Twenty-five (25) voting centers were completely destroyed including sixteen (16) schools. They will be replaced by tents and / or rebuilt completely. Partners of the Haitian State, including the IDB, UNICEF, the World Bank / EFA RESADEV, Proced, CARE, CESAL participate in the rehabilitation and construction of destroyed and / or damaged schools. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has pledged to permanently rebuild twenty schools.