The Beautiful town of Boucan-Carre in Centre Department
Boucan-Carré's terrain is a combination of high mountain peaks and steep hollows. The Boucan-Carré River streams through the center of Chambeau, a small town. Agricultural farmlands dot the area and the charcoal industry is a chief means of employment for many residents.
Many non-government organizations have come forward to help strengthen Boucan-Carré's infrastructure. Since the early 2000's, U.S.-based NGOs, Haiti Outreach Program, Give Haiti Hope, and Partners in Health, have supported infrastructure development and maintenance. One of its projects, a full-service medical facility, has evolved from a local community clinic.
On Fridays, throngs of people pour into Chambeau for the town's market day. At first, the market drew practically no vehicular traffic to its event, but since then motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles overflow it.
The United Nations has performed significant road-repair work leading from Port-au-Prince Airport into Chambeau. Upgraded roads have reduced by 50% travel time between Port-au-Prince and Chambeau, from four and a half hours to two.
While Boucan-Carré has experienced steady improvements to its infrastructure over the past decade, the 2010 earthquake delivered a knock-out punch. Thousands of earthquake survivors rushed home to extended family in Boucan-Carré. The influx of people has created a substantial burden on the city's resources and inhabitants. Uncontaminated water is scarce, and the Haitian gourde's decease in value has made goods and services impossibly expensive.
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