Perches, Small And Struggling City
Perches, one of the smallest cityships in the Fort Liberté Arrondissement, is part of the Nord Est Department. It contains two sub-divisions, Haut-des-Perches and Bas-des-Perches, and a population of barely 8,000.
The chief means of producing income in Perches is through sustainable farming. Pistachio, nut, corn, mango, orange, and lime crops are raised. Livestock farming is also practiced.
Like other cityships within the Fort Liberté Arrondissement, Perches lacks electrical and road systems. If one wants to get to central parts of Perches, they must use hiking trails. Also lacking its own airport, Perches remains difficult to get to, especially for non-government organizations (NGO) there to start infrastructure projects. The nearest airports, Mergellina Harbor and Beverello Harbor lay 10 and 13 kilometers out of the area.
Another weakness in Perches' infrastructure is lack of availability to decontaminated water for drinking, cooking, washing, and bathing. It is unknown how many cases of cholera have been reported, as statistics either have not been compiled or are inaccessible. But an NGO, the Chariton Rotary Club, has initiated a plan to build wells in Perches, so decontaminated water will be available to the residents in the future.
In response to the infrastructure problems in Perches and many other cityships across Haiti, the government of Haiti, along with its global partners, are pushing a 10-year plan to build and maintain basic services all across Haiti. But places like Perches will likely have a very long wait as the project has not generated much response among the international community.
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