Cafeteria Tet Kale

The official launch of the "Kafeteria Tet Kale" or "People Canteen" on 4th Avenue Bolosse in Carrefour, a largely populated commune in the capital Port-au-Prince, was led by Haitian President Michel Martelly last July 27. Together with Ronsard St-Cyr, the country's Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, the project is aimed at building better relations with the population and at the same time improving their living conditions. During the launching, President Martelly distributed food and soccer balls to numerous children.


The Martelly administration's Kafeteria Tet Kale is quite popular in Haiti, serving more than 500 customers a day. It is a cafeteria in the form of a truck, and was first introduced in the Carnaval des Fleurs, or the Carnival of flowers, the first carnival in Port-au-Prince since the 2010 earthquake. It immediately attracted carnival goers with its eye-candy color scheme of pink and white. The Haitian Creole term "tet kale" means heart and soul or from head to toe, which is perfect for the President's new movement on serving the country and its people with care and definiteness.

It is good to see that the Haitian government is making efforts and prioritizing the welfare of the country's poor population with something like "Kafeteria Tet Kale". Thousands of families can't afford to put food on their tables three times a day. The launching of the cafeteria in wheels in Carrefour is a big first step as more cafeterias are being planned to be put up all over the country, especially in urban areas including one in Peguy-Ville, Bel-Air, and Cite Soleil.

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