Ravine Seche, Haiti

"Ravine Seche" is a very small place in the region of Artibonite in Haiti. The town with a very small population is well connected by road to other important cities and places like Port-au-prince, Petit Garcon, Dugazon, Ville de Grande Saline and Grand Saline. Artibonite is largest of the ten departments in Haiti with an area of 4,887 square kilometer. The main cities of this department are Gonaïves and Saint-Marc. Gonaïves is the capital of Artibonite and Saint-Marc is a coastal port town in western Haiti. The area of Artibonite has a population of 107,397 as per 2003 census. The region is the main rice producing area in Haiti.

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Jacmel Cathedral Reconstruction Begins September 2014

Jacmel's Cathedral sustained heavy damage from the 2010 earthquake. Enough funds have been raised to rebuild the structure, and groundbreaking will happen in September 2014. Renovation of the Cathedral is estimated to take two years and cost between seven and eight million USD.

Bishop of Jacmel, Mgr. Launay Saturne, offered these details and others at a media conference. He shared Miyamoto Haiti (of Miyamoto International) would engineer and construct the Cathedral, and the redesign would be done by the Partnership for the Reconstruction of the Church in Haiti (PROCHE). PROCHE is not the only funder for the Cathedral project. A special commission was formed to raise money through community events such as concerts and arts and crafts fairs.

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Cuban General Jose Marti square in Cap-Haitian

On January 23, 2014, Michel Martelly placed a wreath at the base of a monument to General Jose Marti, who gained freedom for Cuba in the 1900s. Haiti, along with the Dominican Republic (DR), provided military aid to Marti to help liberate Cuba during the Cuban War of Independence.

The monument, standing in the newly-built Jose Marti Square, upholds a bust of Marti, created by a Haitian architect in cooperation with the National School of Arts. In attendance at the opening were the envoy of Cuban President, Raul Castro, Rafael Bernard Alemani; Minister of Culture, Josette Darguste; and other government officials.

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Road infrastructure in Mahotiere, Commune of Carrefour

The community of Mahotière, through different programs put on by the government as well as Food for the Poor, has found itself a new lease on life through improvements to its road infrastructure, housing, food production and efforts to combat the crippling effects of deforestation in the area.

The road work changed not just the physical landscape of the town, turning its once dusty, unpaved street into the industrialized Mahotière 75, but it also changed the perception of the town of Mahotière into one that was ready and open for business. The town's Mayor, Jude Edouard Pierre has stated that there has been an increase in the tax revenue, and that Carrefour has seen a steady recording of small traders in Mahotière. Betting on the favorable changes to continue, Mayor Pierre wishes to file for a new project to continue the work of the previous one for 2010-2011 which has brought them an increase in the area's home property values as well as the rejuvenation of the town's nightlife activity.

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Development plan for Desdunes

On January 17, 2014, the Francophone Group Environmental Action (GAFE), along with the city of Desdunes, unveiled a new project to give support to the city in respect to the output of their domestic plan for developing their district.

Witnessed by 60 of the town's citizens, the launch also included representatives from international, local and regional organization, all with the aim of formulating a development plan for Desdunes. The expected delivery date for the planned activities is the 31st of December 2015. Throughout the project, details on the affected territories will be disseminated to all donors and investors, providing an overview of the scope of the project in a bid to avoid overlaps caused by outside acts.

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Government meeting in Pointe-a-Raquette, La Gonave

Recently, led by the president of the republic, a government meeting took place in La Gonâve in the town of Pointe-à-Raquette. The aim of the meeting was to discuss ways to provide the entire country, but in particular the many communes, with the necessary tools for development. The group also discussed the supervision of the development within areas and the way in which inter-ministerial duties will be delegated.

The meeting, chaired by the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation (MPCE), was also attended by Minister for the Promotion of the Peasantry, Mimose Félix, the deputy of La Gonâve, Béguens Théus, various representatives from the Health and Agriculture ministries, members of the Economic and Social Assistance Fund (FAES), and the Minister Delegate in charge of Human Rights and the fight against extreme poverty, Rose Anne Auguste. The team used to visit to listen to the 50 locals of the area, using their aired grouses to develop their plans for improvement in the area.

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Life in Anse-a-Galets, La Gonave after the Earthquake

Haiti's 2010 earthquake forced 7,500 survivors to flee to La Gonave outside Port-au-Prince, during the first 19 days after the earthquake hit. Some estimates record 20,000, which included refugees from other bomb-shelled areas.

Haiti received nine billion dollars in disaster relief and La Gonave needed a significant amount of that figure for shelter and food. But the city received almost no aid, and its population swelled to 100,000, caused by returning migrants. La Gonave is one of 12 food-insufficient areas, and the food crisis has worsened since Hurricane Sandy hit in 2013, closely followed by Hurricane Isaac, both destroying its crops with flooding.

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Morne L'Hopital Reforestation Project Failing

Ménard is a town built on uneven slopes, with a sandy dirt road leading to it. It lies up from Jalousie, erected on the same area of slope. Power service in Ménard is undependable, and requires action committees of citizens to demand power be available more hours of the day. But the biggest issue facing Ménard is Morne L'Hôpital, slated for reforestation and fighting to defend its boundaries against the incursions of residents, who want to use the stone bunds as building materials for their homes.

The Martelly Administration began a rehabilitation project for the Morne hospital. They would provide many thousands of seedlings, build 48 toilets, erect half a dozen sediment retention ponds, and demarcate the reforestation of the hospital with stone bunds. Little has happened to achieve these goals.

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New market place in Village Solidarite Simmonds-Pele

The almost squalid conditions of the market in which merchants at the Village Solidarité marketplace could not be blamed solely or even mostly on the destruction caused by the earthquake in 2010, for the conditions had been an ongoing part of the lives of the sellers there for quite some time. The approximately 200 merchants at the market in the Simmonds-Pelé community spent the last 15 or so years plying their merchandise amongst garbage, dirt and mud, hoping for a change. The change finally came through help from the government, and funding and support from other bodies.

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Petit-Goave celebrates its 350 years with peace and pride

Faced with a 350 year landmark anniversary coming up, the city of Petit-Goâve, at the end of last year, breathed a sigh of relief when the efforts of various security groups on-rolled a plan that put paid to the unrest and lawlessness that had threatened the old, dignified town.

Realizing the point of pride 350 years brought to the residents, the coastal city's mayor, Sandra Jules, welcomed the initiative orchestrated by the country's National Police and the United Nation's peacekeeping mission to eradicate the gangs bringing havoc to the city in time for their anniversary celebration. In this they were successful; the large of number of deployed anti-riot police was able to weed out the gangs who were robbing motorists along the course of National Road 2, killing police and generally terrorizing the city.

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