On October 4th, 2012, the Japanese Ambassador to Haiti, Mr. Kenji Kuratomi forwarded a grant agreement with Haiti for US$17 million for the reconstruction of the departmental public hospital, Saint-Michel de Jacmel as part of the Haitian-Japanese bilateral cooperation. The Japanese Ambassador had declared that through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), his government would construct the main building of the hospital which would consists rooms for consulting services, emergency department, radiology department, operating rooms, maternity and pediatric sections. Modern equipments for the hospital would also be provided by his government. On a tripartite agreement between Japan, Morocco and Haiti, medical staff would be trained with modern obstetric and neonatal emergency techniques.
Rue Exina Gilles - Jacmel, Haiti
Other medical facilities in Departement Sud-est, near Hospital Saint-Michel de Jacmel:
Centre Hospitalier Christian Martinez
Providing necessary health-care services in the Sud-Est region, the Centre Hospitalier Christian Martinez in Jacmel is equipped for everyday medical care, and also works well in emergencies as evidenced by their work during the two 2010 disasters of the earthquake and Hurricane Tomas. The hospital, which has been in operation for 10 years now, can be found across from Parquet de Jacmel. It has a staff of around 50 people who are versed in the languages of Creole, French, English and Spanish.
Rue Seymour Pradel # 47 - Jacmel, Haiti
Other Hospitals in Departement Sud-est, Sud-est, Jacmel:
Hospital Saint-Michel de Jacmel
This is Fort Ogé in Jacmel.
Joan Dithny Raton, the Haitian Minister of Culture visited Fort Oge to discuss necessary conservatory measures to protect the heritage monument. The first and foremost interventions they considered necessary, were: setting up a protective fence, opening a visitor center, installing sanitation facilities, signage, etc.
The Minister and the Director General met the representatives of the youth organization that oversees the monument. The Minister has ensured the full support of her ministry on the conservancy work undertaken by these volunteers. The licensee of the Ministry of Culture (MC) also made a trip to the old house of Hannibal Price. Hannibal Price was a former British soldier who had an interest in sugarcane production; he settled in Haiti in the eighteenth century and installed a steam mill built in 1818 by Lindsay & Co Workshops, Liverpool, England. According to some experts, the mill never operated. 'Moulin Price' is a machine controlled by Hannibal Price for juice extraction and production of cane sugar. The machine is classified as an item of 'world heritage' by the Smithsonian Institute, and it is one of the only two specimen steam engines listed, around the world, on its kind. The Minister has discussed about finding proper ways to identify and conserve these treasured pasts.
Fort Ogé (Cap Rouge) is a small location in the South-East of Haiti near the city of Jacmel surrounded by beautiful beaches, such as Ti-Mouillage Beach, Cayes Jacmel, etc. The fort was built in 1818 as a defensive system to stall the return of the French, if by any chance, they decide to re-invade Haiti and once again impose slavery. The fort is named after Vincent Ogé, a leading figure of the Haitian Revolution.
Here is a picture of the new Waterfront Boulevard in Jacmel
Jacmel Waterfront Boulevard's Continuing Development
Southeast Tourism Departmental Director Johanne Cardon visited Jacmel's Waterfront Boulevard in the company of STL, a contractor.
The Waterfront Boulevard attracts a considerable amount of traffic, and Ministry of Tourism and Creative Industries approved building six catering booths and two beverage booths.
Project Manager Olga Regueira of Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development said the agency will continue to honor its commitment to work collaboratively with Southeast Tourism Department in developing the Waterfront Boulevard.
Here is a picture of Haitian Prime Minister Paul Evans as he was participating in Jacmel Carnival in 2015. He calls for serenity and solidarity, on the Carnival of Jacmel.
Carnival in Jacmel has been always rich in culture, an all-day outdoor event within an ideal climate. It is the home of regional and national carnival celebration where you can visit local historic places or simply indulge in the delightful beaches or enjoy the amazing Haitian cuisine, legendary work from local artists. On February 8th, 2015, thousands of Haitians and foreigners were present to witness this popular extraordinary carnival event. The Haitian Prime Minister Paul Evans, who was also present there had reminded that celebrating any culture reflects the spirit of peace and joy that people have within their mind. The people of Haiti would confirm this to the world community with the celebration of colorful carnival at Jacmel.
Here is a picture of the United States Ambassador Pamela L. White as she is enjoying herself in Jacmel Kanaval in 2015
U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Pamela White, has been a 35-year career diplomat. After earning degrees in journalism and international development she joined the Peace Corps from 1971-1973.
She worked for U.S. Agency for International Development in Africa from 1978-2001. In 2010 President Obama appointed her U.S. Ambassador to Gambia (she received the Medal of Honor, rarely awarded to foreigners), and in 2012 as Ambassador to Haiti.
Here is a picture of Cathedral St. James and St. Philip Community Center in Jacmel
The Cathedral of St. James and St. Philip was badly damaged following the earthquake 5 years ago. As a result, weekend mass had to be held in another, rundown location where services took place on three separate floors. Soon, however, the church's leader, Bishop Saturne, will realize the dream of one community worship center for the church's patrons. Come May 1, the leaders of the church will have a new Cathedral dedicated to them through the aid of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and church officials across the world.
There is a Haitian folk song dated back to President Louis Mondéstin Florvil Hyppolite and we are still singing it. The famous story of his Panama Hat
To be a Haitian President, one needed, especially in the 1800's, to be well dressed. Few could imagine a better dressed man than one who was donning the very stylish and increasingly essential Panama hats that were all the rage. Hyppolite, already considered a well-dressed man with his glasses tinted blue and white suits was immortalized as the man in the Panama hat when, upon his death, a song that would live on through generations was born. In typical Haitian satire, the circumstances of his death, having fallen off a horse under what some called mysterious circumstances (though some say it was a simple heart attack), made for a catchy tune that seemed to reference an incidence five years before when his Panama hat had, indeed, fallen off his head.
Major news for the city of Jacmel. It has been recognized for its art at an international level. Jacmel became member of UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
Creative Cities Network Promotes Cultural Exchange and Local Development
Creative Cities Network (CCN), inaugurated in 2004, is a cultural organization sponsored by UNESCO. This year UNESCO Director General Bokova named 19 countries new members of CCN.
Growth of the arts, social inclusion, and awareness of culture world-wide falls under seven subject areas: the arts, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music. Membership in CCN is now at 69. This year CCN celebrates 10 years commemorating and sustaining multiculturalism.
Here is a picture of a Mosaic wall in the city of Jacmel. Mosaic Art Teaching Haitian Youth Practical Skills
Haiti's 2010 earthquake destroyed Jacmel's buildings. Mosaic artist Laurel True partnered with Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC) to design a memorial mural for Jacmel that covered a 350-foot wall, teaching youths in the process in an apprenticeship program.
Through the art of mosaic-making they have acquired life skills and confidence, and are working on mosaic projects in Haiti, Florida, and California. Proceeds received go into bank accounts for each fledgling mosaic artist.