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UNICEF to rehabilitate wells with new funds

The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department is pledging about $832,000 for the rehabilitation of wells, with an eye towards mitigating the effects of the rainy season.

UNICEF plans on using the funds in an estimated 50 communes. The money will also support training in basic hygiene, sanitation and the use of mobile phones to upload assessments of flood-damaged wells to a database.

“This funding from the European Commission will enable UNICEF in its work to institutionalise the correct cleaning [of] wells after floods, and, more importantly, to modify existing wells by raising well platforms so that flood water cannot seep in,” Rana Flowers, a UNICEF country representative, said.

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