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Petit-Goave, New Courthouse

Petit-Goave, New Courthouse

The Court of First Instance (TPI) in Petit-Goave has just been remodeled and updated. The reception, office, courtroom, bathroom, and courtyard spaces have been re-built to be more spacious and attractive. The prosecutor's grounds have also totally been made over.

At the TIP re-opening ceremonies, attended by Prime Minister, Lamothe, and Justice Minister, Sanon, Government Commissioner, Civil, voiced his certainty the newly remodeled surroundings of TPI would add considerably to the operation and dispensation of justice in the West Department.

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Pont-Rouge, Haiti

Pont-Rouge, Haiti

The monument in remembrance of Haiti's founding father, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, is in a state of ruin that has raised the ire of youths who are unwilling to join the ranks of those who have forgotten the man's immense, indispensable efforts towards freedom for their country. He became emperor in 1804 after leading the Haiti Massacre on the minority white population that ruled the country and was responsible for 3,000 to 5,000 deaths. He was later assassinated in 1806. The Haitian people are looking to the government to rid the monument of all the trash and grotesqueries, bringing it back to the honorable state it should be in.

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Petite-Riviere-de-Nippes

Petite-Riviere-de-Nippes

Home to just under 30,000 residents, according to a 2003 census, the Petite-Rivière-de-Nippes is close to other cities including Santiago de los Caballeros, Croix Des Bouquets, and Pétion Ville. The town, known in Creole as Ti Rivyè de Nip, sits in the Miragoâne Arrondissement within Haiti's Nippes Department. The Pan American Development Foundation runs in the town the Government's PRODEP (Project for Participatory Development). Petite-Rivière-de-Nippes is one of 28 communities in which the project is run.

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Ouanaminthe, Haiti

Ouanaminthe, Haiti

For a town of only about a hundred thousand inhabitants, the North-East Department city of Ouanaminthe is certainly not behind in schooling. The city along the Haitian border with the Dominican Republic is home to many schools, though most are for small children. Once a certain level of education has been reached, older students will matriculate to schools outside of Ouanaminthe in order to continue their studies. Still, the small city is home to secondary schools and a university of its own.

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Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s Capital, once under French Occupation

Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s Capital, once under French Occupation

In Haiti's Nord Department lies Cap-Haïtien, with a population numbering 190,000.

Columbus first colonized the island in the 1600s. He was followed by the French in the 1800s. They built sugarcane plantations, bringing in thousands of African slaves for manual labor.

Cap-Haïtien has been a hot-bed of insurrectionary fervor: anti-Aristide revolutionaries influenced the opposition to run him off the island in 2004.

Cap-Haïtien buildings are French colonial architecture, containing balconies, lending a social ambience to communities residing there.

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Cap-Haitian

Cap-Haitian

In the heart of Cap-Haitian, one would find themselves charmingly land-locked with the beautiful Cap-Haitien Bay to one side and the mountains of the west to another. The narrow, grid-like streets are defining characteristics of the urban setting and named as single letters, a throwback to the American occupation in the early 1900's. Many of the buildings in the city, now housing markets, apartments and churches, were erected during this period from 1915 to 1934.

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Morne des Commissaires in Thiotte, Massif de la Selle

Morne des Commissaires in Thiotte, Massif de la Selle

The lack of water in the town of Thiotte, up in the hills of Massif de la Selle, so greatly affects the livelihood of the farmers who live there that a new plan for trapping rain water, through the use of dozens of MINUSTAH funded tanks, has been initiated. In periods of dry weather, the soil becomes infertile, creating a domino effect that affects the quality of their herds and, eventually, the population. As it stands, capturing the rainwater during times of plenty seems the natural solution to Thiotte's water problem.

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St.-Rafael Growers Get 1,000 Planting Kits from Government

St.-Rafael Growers Get 1,000 Planting Kits from Government

Haiti has a serious food insecurity crisis on its hands, and needs local growers to produce higher crop yields. St.-Rafael is one of many farming communities receiving packages of bean seeds, pesticide, and pesticide sprayers. One thousand of them were handed out at the Kore Peyizan distribution bank recently.

Minister and Agronomist, Marie Felix, from the Department of Promotion Peasantry presided over the distribution, emphasizing to growers the government needs their help to combat the food crisis.

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The Hurricane Country of Les Anglais

The Hurricane Country of Les Anglais

Les Anglais, a metro area, is situated in the Chardonnières Arrondissement under Haiti's Sud Department. A fertile farming community, it is inhabited by a population of 25,652.

Although the land of Les Anglais possesses excellent conditions for crops, it is besieged by hurricane activity, subjecting the cropland to repeated damage. In response, Christ the King Parish is gifting the community with $600 monthly to buy textbooks and teaching aids for Immaculate Conception School.

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Grande Colline Mountain Pic, Haiti

Grande Colline Mountain Pic, Haiti

The largely uninhabited mountain range of Grande Colline is located in the South East of Haiti at the coordinates, 18° 17' 58" North, 72° 41' 29". As part of the education program, Terra Incognita, a team traveled to the Chaîne de la Grande Colline for the program's first episode. The theme of the series is to probe those remote parts of Haiti that are largely untraversed and, in some cases, even undiscovered.

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