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    Hugh Tozer, an engineer at Woodard & Curran in Portland, works with water distribution operator Bos Jacques in 2009 to repair underground pipes at Justinian University Hospital in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Tozer travels to Cap-Haitien about twice a year as a volunteer with Konbit Sante, a Portland-based nonprofit dedicated to improving health care in Haiti’s second-largest city. Photo by Wendy Taylor

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    A girl collects water from a well contaminated with fecal coliform bacteria on the outskirts of Cap-Haitien, Haiti, during the 2010 cholera epidemic that struck several months after the catastrophic earthquake. Portland-based Konbit Sante supports community health education programs in Cap-Haitien that promote the benefits of treating water with a few drops of chlorine bleach. Photo by Hugh Tozer

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    Hugh Tozer, an engineer at Woodard & Curran in Portland, surveys the sprawling campus of Justinian University Hospital in 2005. Portland-based Konbit Sante created a site plan that volunteers still use in making water distribution, sewage disposal and other infrastructure improvements at the hospital in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Photo by Nathan Broaddus

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    A man in fills jugs with water from a reservoir at Justinian University Hospital, where volunteers from Portland-based Konbit Sante organized and oversaw the drilling of two new wells in 2009. The hospital in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, still has limited running water and a severely inadequate sewage disposal system. Photo by Nathan Broaddus

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    Jeff Musich, top left, an engineer with Wright-Pierce in Maine, and Bob MacKinnon, right, superintendent of the Yarmouth Water District, traveled to Cap-Haitien, Haiti, in 2013 to work at Justinian University Hospital. With them is Josue Limprévil, a Konbit Sante employee who is a master at fixing medical equipment and printed circuit boards at the hospital. Photo by Hugh Tozer

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    Gary Laclaire, an electrical contractor from Eddington, installs an electrical panel at Justinian University Hospital in 2011 to supply power to a new equipment sterilizer. Laclaire has been volunteering with Portland-based Konbit Sante since 2004. Photo by Hugh Tozer

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