Offering a Better Quality of Life , seven “colonias milenio” Have Been transferred to the new owners

The housing projects and commercial installations are a result of a applying the MCA-Honduras Resettlement Policy

Taulabé, Comayagua August 12, 2009. Benefiting more than 600 residents and as part of the activities undertaken by the Millennium Challenge Account to generate economic growth, seven “Colonias Milenio” have been transferred to the project affected families living alongside Highway CA-5 North, in the municipality of Taulabé.

The new 35 houses and 70 commercial stands are benefiting 97 families from the municipality of Taulabé. These families have lived and worked for many years along the highway in very risky conditions but, from now on, they are being given the opportunity to live in a more stable and safe environment.

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Unveiling the dedication plaque of Colonia Modelo La Misión as a symbolic act for the rest of the seven other resettlement sites.

Martín Ochoa, General Director of the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras cutting the ribbon during the inauguration event of the business stands, accompanied by beneficiaries of the municipality of Taulabé.

Residents of Colonia Milenio La Misión receiving the keys to their new homes and business stands.

Improvements in Highway CA-5 have brought benefits for the persons that for years have lived along the road.

“For MCA-Honduras is a pleasure to be with you today and to hand out the keys to your new homes in this community. This represents a new beginning with more and better opportunities for your families”, expressed Martín Ochoa, General Director of the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras, during his address to the beneficiary families.

The objective of the resettlement action plans being implemented is to provide these families with better opportunities for personal achievements, like having their own home and/or business in excellent services like water, energy, sewage, recreational areas, security and the chance to develop community interactions with their neighbors in a peaceful environment while improving their economic conditions. “We are going to organized our communities, we will have access to waste management facilities, we must have control of our community” said Mrs. Ermelinda Ponce, one of the project beneficiaries.

Through the Transportation Project, the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras is establishing market linkages to generate economic growth with social responsibility, all with solidarity assistance from the local authorities of Taulabé. “We are very happy since we have witnessed of another process in which people just received the money but which did not secure permanent benefits like properties or sites like these. We will support these processes to guarantee their sustainability”, noted Angel Rivas Betancourt, a member of the Municipal Council representing Mayor Lectonio Maldonado.

On behalf of the families being benefited, Ovidio Rodríguez stressed: “First, we thank God for this blessing, and express our gratitude to everyone for supporting this initiative and making this benefit possible”.

The event took place at La Misión and also symbolized the transference of other seven “Colonias Milenio” to the new owners of Los Frutales, Colonia Milenio El Carrizal, Colonia Milenio Las Caleras, Colonia Milenio Rancho Alegre, Colonia Milenio Cuevas de Taulabé and Colonia Milenio Las Lajitas.

 


2009. Millenium Challenge Account. Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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