India helps Haiti slum dwellers turn trash to cash (With Image)

June 22nd, 2008 - 3:03 pm ICT by IANS  

By Patralekha Chatterjee
Port-au-Prince (Haiti), June 22 (IANS) Haiti hits the headlines with its coups, rebellions, crushing poverty and food riots. But now there’s a ray of hope in one of the toughest slums of its capital here thanks to a tri-country initiative that includes India. Nowhere is gnawing hunger, the daily struggle through power cuts, street violence and constant political upheavals more apparent than in the shanties of this fragile Caribbean island state of almost nine million people.

However, there are stirrings of change. India is one among three countries helping poor communities in a sprawling slum on the edge of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, break through the cycle of poverty, violence and despair.

“I know we have a bad image. But the violence is going down in my neighbourhood,” said Gisl

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