The Town of Lascahobas in Haiti
Agriculture dominates the economy in Lascahobas. Local farmers produce coffee, sisal, tobacco, and sugar. Sold at the busy town market, the purchase of these products keeps commerce a vital force in the community. A primary reason agriculture booms in this town is the Lascahobas River, which irrigates farmland.
The Catholic Church, Saint Gabriel, operates the Lascahobas Hospital with the financial assistance of Friends of the Children of Lascahobas. Based in the U.S., it is a non-government organization dedicated to reducing high rates of starvation, illiteracy, and health problems of residents. Lascahobas's population is predominantly Catholic, but it also has many believers of Voodoo. They frequently hold festivals throughout the year in the foothills.
Lascahobas suffers from erratic electrical service. The government rations delivery of electricity to two days a week, but in the 80s and 90s the town was on the power grid 100% of the time. From 2006 to 2009, the town experienced a complete blackout. When violent protests broke out, the government turned the power back on.
In contrast, Lascahobas's school students can get on the solar-driven Internet, and also have availability of wifi at certain locations. This service has been provided to them by the Illinois Institute of Technology.
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