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Project of aid to Haiti expands in Olomouc region

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Olomouc, North Moravia, Sept 29 (CTK) – The project of aid to Haiti by buying tap water will expand to other restaurants and cafes in the Olomouc Region in the autumn, Karolina Opatrilova, spokeswoman for the organising Charitas of the Olomouc Archdiocese (ACHO), told CTK on Thursday.

The proceeds will go to healthcare in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world.

The ACHO launched the Cheers Haiti charity project in Olomouc last year. In October, further 25 cafes and restaurants both in Olomouc and in other towns in the region, Hranice, Prerov, Zabreh and Svitavy, will join the project.

The campaign will be accompanied by an exhibition of photographs by Jiri Pasz to be held in the centre of Olomouc as of October 4.

Within the project, people can pay any sum for a glass of tap water, and thus support assess to health care for the inhabitants of remote areas in Haiti, such as Baie de Henne and Gonaives.

“Local people cannot get to a doctor, they have no access to the necessary medicines and vitamins either,” Klara Loeffelmannova, the project coordinator in Haiti, said.

ACHO humanitarian workers have been helping Haiti for ten years.

Loeffelmannova and her aide will leave for a one-month mission in Haiti in mid-October.

They plan to organise a “healthcare camp” there. Last year, some 400 children and elderly people were treated in such a camp in four days. The ACHO could fund it thanks to the Cheers Haiti public fund-raising campaign.

The ACHO has built and maintained schools in Baie de Henne and Gonaives in the past ten years.

It is also successfully sponsoring the “long-distance adoption” project that has been joined by over 300 regular Czech donors.

In the spring, the ACHO helped secure operations of two four-year-old girls from Haiti who suffered from congenital leg malformations. Czech donors sponsored the surgery.

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