Baraderes: Mystical Venice of Haiti

Venice, internationally renowned for two things, is literally comparable to Baraderes for the same interesting aspects which are the River like canal, and the Carnivalesque activities.

Baraderes, located in the Nippes department of Haiti, is partly isolated and elongated with beautiful river coastlines that make a boat ride an unforgettable experience. This town is easily accessible by boats instead of car transportation due to its stiffed rocky unpaved roads. Personally, I have attempted twice to reach there by car, but I feared for my car and the roadside safety was a major concern.

Similarly to Pestel, which is another town of the Nippes department of Haiti, is somewhat identical to a certain extent. They are both coastal towns. They have a great deal of lush vegetation and coffee crops that make them a lucrative market for coffee growers and sellers. The three kilometers upstream narrow river for its main street gives rise to this beautiful old town of Baraderes.

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The City Of Petion-Ville, Founded By Boyer on September 22, 1831

Petion-Ville, Haiti

John-Pierre Boyer was the founding father of the city of Petion-Ville. He was the president of Haiti between 1818 and 1843. He was one of the notable leaders of the Haitian revolution. On 22 September 2011, he founded the city of Petion Ville in the eastern suburbs of Port au Prince. He named the city after his predecessor, President Alexandre Sabes Petion.

Alexandre Petion was one of the founding fathers of Haiti and first president of the Republic of Haiti. The city at that time was in no way comparable to its current status. Guarded mansions of Petionville looks like a Haitian version of Beverly Hills. Here you can find everything that expect to find in any international city.

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Children sent home from school for wearing t-shirts with Haitian flag

Children sent home from school for wearing t-shirts with Haitian flag

You can call it school policy, racism or the new anti-Immigrant feeling being promoted by the Republican party leader Donald Trump. Some six Haitian children got kicked out of school in Immokalee, Florida on May 18, 2016 for just celebrating their Haitian flag. Jesola Pierre, on of the six children who proudly wore the Haitian flag and National coat of arms on Haitian flag day were sent, missing an entire day of school

There is one thing that Collier County school officials do not understand. Haitian flag day has a particular significance for people of Haitian descent. The flag we celebrate represents a symbol of pride for having led the first successful slave revolt and the creation of the first black republic in the Americas.

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Haitian Flag, a Symbol of Unity and Sovereignty

Haitian Flag Painted In Face

To Haitians at home and in the Diaspora, let's pause today on he 18th of May, 2016 to salute our nation's flag which is a sacred symbol of freedom and justice. Our red and blue flag with the country's coat of arms emblazoned in the center was created in 1803 for the independence of Haiti. Jean Jacques Dessalines was the one who removed the white from the French tri-color flag to send a message to the world that we are no longer under the occupation of France. Remember we were a group of unskilled Black slaves who defeated France in the historic revolutionary war.

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French Colonial Cap-Haitien a Tourist Magnet

Cap Haitien is one of the most beautiful cities in Haiti. Affronting a bay on the north coast, it is filled with French Colonial buildings, reminiscent of New Orleans in its early days. When Haiti was a protectorate under the French, Cap Haitien was known as Cap Parisien, the Paris of the West.

Hugo Chavez International Airport (HCIA) serves Cap Haitien with flight service supplied by IBC Air, Tortug' Air, Sky King, Turks and Caicos Air, and Pineapple Air. Although HCIA is tiny and offers few amenities, it is being renovated.

Plenty to do and see awaits tourists in the city center. For the best dining experience go to Lakay where they serve authentic Haitian cuisine and French menu items. Visitors, who are planning a stay-over, a range of hotels at varying price levels are available, among them Hostellerie du Roi Christophe, Hotel Mont Joli, and Auberge du Picolet. Cap Haitien is a great walking city, but if you need to travel longer distances you can hail a taxi or a tap-tap.

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Privately run city, International Financial Center plan for La Gonave Island

La Gonave Development Plan

Candidate of Pitit Desalin, Moise jean Charles, who believes that "Haiti is not for sale, either wholesale or retail" was very disappointed to learn about the deal made by former President Michel Martelly with an undisclosed institution to transform La Gonave island into an International Financial Center. According to an Executive order issued by the Martelly government and published on January 7, 2016 the President gave the right and authority to an institution (name unknown) to created inside of a 100 km2 in the island of La Gonave a new city with an International Financial Center. This new city is to be managed privately and the private entity will be free to collect revenues, build infrastructure, roads, or do anything necessary for the functioning of the project.

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The 743 km2 La Gonave Island has been sold

La Gonave, an island in Haiti

According to Arnel Belizaire who was a guest in the popular Radio Show Ranmase, a Decree has been issued by the Martelly government to sell the island of La Gonave. La Gonave is located in the west-northwest of Port-au-Prince in the Gulf of Gonâve and considered to be one of the largest islands in Haiti. According to Arnel Belizaire on Ranmase, the plan is for the island to be transformed into an international financial island with three official languages: English, French and Creole. The only thing pending before the new plan for La Gonave is implemented is its ratification by both chambers.

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Death in Campech, Belle Ville due to Flooding

On November 19, 2015, five people in one family died in Campech, Belle Ville in Petion-Ville, due to flooding. The administration has taken steps to mobilize resources to help the affected civilians. Flooding is a serious threat to Haiti. During last April, six people died in flooding.

Three of them were from Cite Soleil, a district of Port-au-Prince and three others in Delmas, and Carrefour. As per Directorate of Civil Protection and Interior Ministry's report, 245 families had to be relocated and 8,379 homes were flooded due to overflowing river in April. Some of the big issues after a flooding in Haiti commonly include: deaths and missing people, cholera, damaged crops, livestock killed, non availability of charcoal required for cooking, damages to property, latrine overflow with feces everywhere, life-threatening mudslides in deforested areas.

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Noailles Heart of Artistic Masterpieces in Croix-des-Bouquets

Noailles village has become renowned for its artwork, produced from found objects, tossed-out oil drums. To make art objects from rubbish requires great skill and creativity, which Noailles's inhabitants possess in abundance.

The village is an artist's colony. Everyone is involved in making spectacular objects for everyday living: some practical, others decorative. The raw material, iron, is pounded into such usables as mirrors, furniture, and light fixtures. Aesthetic pieces include sculptures and wall hangings.

What characterizes Noailles is the 24/7 sound of metal being molded by chisels and hammers. No one complains to the local police about the clank and clang of ringing metal, which can be heard up to a mile away. Quite the opposite. The townspeople regard the sounds of metal on metal as ". . . welcome, beautiful even; music to the ears of all who live (in Noailles)"

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Co-ops Light in Coteaux and Roche-a-Bateau

NRECA (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association) International provides people in developing countries with access to safe, reliable and affordable electricity. The company is credited with the establishment of Haiti's first electric cooperative-- Cooperative Electrique de l'Arrondisement des Coteaux (CEAC). Dozens of volunteer cooperative linemen are working tirelessly to connect homes in Côteaux and Roche-a-Bateau to the power grid and a third community, Port-a-Piment, will be also connected to the grid by this year end. During inauguration ceremonies, on September 10 and 18, the residents of Côteaux and Roche-a-Bateau cheered with joys as they saw the streetlights glowing for the first time. At present, the cooperative has more than 670 registered members and intends to serve 1,600 or more consumers in three towns. The project has been made possible with support from the USAID, the United Nations Environmental Program (with financing from the Norwegian government), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the NRECA International Foundation. The cooperative needs different varieties of volunteers to serve.

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