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Caterpillar To Help Clean Up Port-Au-Prince


More than 150,000 people in Haiti's most impoverished slum will benefit from a massive drainage canal clean-up project funded by a donation from the Caterpillar Foundation

More than 150,000 people in Haiti's most impoverished slum will benefit from a massive drainage-canal cleanup project funded by a donation from the Caterpillar Foundation.

Nearly 1,200 residents of the Port-au-Prince slum of Cite Soleil will be hired to clean 50% of the canals that are choked with trash and earthquake rubble through a $500,000 grant. The Caterpillar Foundation is the companyís philanthropic arm.

In addition to earthquake recovery, clearing the 18 kilometers of drainage canals will be crucial in preventing floods that plague the area. Forecasters are predicting that the current hurricane season may be one of the worst in years. Two years ago, more than 800 Haitians throughout the country died when four back-to-back tropical storms and hurricanes struck the island.

"We are confident that this ambitious project will lay the groundwork for future infrastructure rebuilding projects and improve the overall living conditions for Haitians in and around the poorest area of Port-au-Prince," says Jim Parker, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for Americas Distribution.