Ranquitte, a Tiny Community

Ranquitte is a rural village placed within the Saint-Rafaël Arrondissement, under the Nord Department. Located in the north-east sector of the island of Haiti, it has a population numbering about 24,000. Three districts comprise it: Bac-à-Soude, Cracaraille, and Bois-de-Lance.


Agricultural farming, the main economic force in the community, relies on coffee growing and small crops of lemons, limes, pineapples, and oranges. The under-production of coffee crop yields, lack of a paved road system, and on-going corruption activities have all ruined the coffee business there. When Ranquitte was first colonized, it had a notable reputation as a center of coffee production.

Like all small villages in Haiti, Ranquitte does not have an airport, the nearest being Naples Mergellina Harbor Airport, 31 kilometers away.

After the 2010 earthquake ravaged Port-au-Prince, Ranquitte, along with many other small villages, re-absorbed its returning sons and daughters originally from those rural areas. The inflow of earthquake refugees has burdened the weak economy of the tiny village to the breaking point.

The one area of Ranquitte's infrastructure that has been receiving help for nearly two decades is the barely-existent school system. American Dr. Steven Spady's not-for-profit organization, Christian Flights International, has had an intermittent presence in the village since circa 1991. He founded the only school in the village, Spady-Calhoun, which has benefited from steady funding efforts to maintain and upgrade the school structure. It has also donated computers so the schoolchildren can develop computer literacy.

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