Spain provides aid for water and sanitation sector in Sao Tome and Principe

5 March 2007

Sao Tome and Principe, 5 March – Spain has provided aid of US$1.4 million o help Sao Tome and Principe with a social project for improving its water supply and sanitation system designed by the archipelago’s Red Cross, the project’s director told Macauhub Saturday.

Eduardo Garrido said that the funds made available to the archipelago, were 80 percent guaranteed by the Spanish International Cooperation Agency and the remainder would come from the Spanish Red Cross.

Garrido noted that the project would begin in a few days and is part of the Sao Tome government’s policy to combat poverty.

The project essentially includes improving the water supply system, building social housing, draining swamps and building latrines.

It is estimated that over the last three years, Sao Tome and Principe’s Red Cross, with funding from similar foreign partners, has spent over US$1.5 million on similar initiatives on the archipelago, where poverty affects over 50 percent of the population. (macauhub)