An art sale held Saturday at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland raised more than $4,000 to benefit Konbit Sante Cap-Hatien Health Partnership’s continuing efforts to improve the health system in northern Haiti.

The sale was prompted by the recent outbreak of cholera. About 6,300 cases of cholera and 260 deaths in the north where Konbit Sante operates led the organization to try to raise awareness and prevent further spread of the disease. Two Maine members of Konbit Sante are in Cap-Haitien with a water engineer who has volunteered to work on water-quality problems.

The art sold Saturday was crafted by Haitians from recycled oil drums. Konbit Sante purchased the art from craftspeople at fair prices and transported it back to Maine for the sale.

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