Haitian Town Cerca la Source working toward Modernization

Cerca la Source, known as Sèka Lasous in Creole, is a city-ship part of Cerca la Source Arrondissement. A small city of 40,270 residents, it is located close to the Dominican Republic border.


Cerca la Source, Haiti

Cerca la Source, founded in 1898, is a strong Catholic community. But it still practices animal ritual sacrifice for holiday celebrations. The religious life of the community revolves around St. Francis of Assisi Church, with religious feasts and holidays, retreats, conferences, and education seminars taking place at the church.

The government of Haiti has given little attention to Cerca la Source, leaving the task of developing the city to non-government organizations. With city government allocations, NGOs have built and installed solar street lights, put a cell phone tower up in town, and made road improvements.

Agriculture has been Cerca la Source's main means of feeding and clothing the population. But commerce is weak in the city, and people are urging businesses to bring more trade into the area. Once a road or bridge is washed out by a passing storm, it remains unrepaired. In the area of healthcare, the program, Zanmi Lasante, has been successful in providing basic healthcare at little to no cost.

With the combined resources of local government and NGOs, more improvements to Cerca la Source's infrastructure are being planned, including more solar panel installations. And a push coming from the residents for factories and schools and decent roads is making Cerca la Source's future a brighter prospect.

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James Chestnut says...

I am planing on moving there for my retirement and was trying to get as much information as

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