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Contact: Claudia Monlouis

Monday, April 28, 2003 - The residents of New Village in Richfond, Dennery are enjoying a higher standard of living and quality of life. The residents credit two community projects, undertaken by the Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF), as having brought about immense improvement to their community.

The two projects are a water system expansion project funded by the World Bank and a footpath and drains project, funded by the European Union. Desmond John, a member of the community and chairman of the Community Project Committee, says the new facilities create a striking difference to what existed before.

John explained “There is a ravine in the back and that is where the New Village people used to bathe, wash and sometimes drink water. And what was more hurtful, was to see the number of cattle which were tied higher up. Not only cattle, but that gulley or ravine used to pass through a banana plantation, where all sort s of pesticides and weedicides were used.”

Honourable Menissa Rambally, Minister for Social Transformation, Culture and Local Government under whose portfolio the Poverty Reduction Fund falls, spoke highly of the input of the residents in realising the two projects and advised them to use this example of community work as the impetus to do more themselves.

“As you create a better environment for yourselves in your community, you can see the quality of your life changing, the nature of community life changing and you can begin to realize benefits for the people of your community and for your families,” said Rambally.

Donovan Williams, Executive Director of the PRF, commended the standard of workmanship which was put into the Footpath and Drains project. The two projects cost approximately $170,000.00.


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