The Town of Paillant, Haiti

In the southern part of Haiti sits Paillant (known as Payan in Créole), a tiny village with an estimated population of 16,000 inhabitants. Part of the Miragoâne Arrondissement, which is part of Nippes Department, the metropolitan heart of the village lies hidden behind mountain ranges on the Tiburon peninsula. Like Miragoâne, it lies below Ile Gonave and an inlet of the Caribbean Sea. Paillant was carved out of the southwestern area of Miragoâne City. Two communes comprise Paillant: Bezin and Salagnac.


As in other parts of the Miragoâne Arrondissement, specifically Fonds-des-Nègres, roads are nearly impossible to travel on. Few paved roads exist, the majority of them dirt and rock-embedded conduits of vehicular traffic. Travelers complain constantly of tires wearing out quickly.

No airport serves the community in Paillant and travelers must access either Les Cayes, or Jacmel airports, or Port-au-Prince International Airport.

Paillant has a single hospital that was in shockingly bad disrepair for many years. In 2008, a non-government organization, Haiti Help Med, donated funds to restore the hospital to its former functioning capacity.

Like much of Haiti's smaller communities, the deplorable condition of roads and long distances required to reach an airport serve to isolate communities. The government of Haiti (GOH) needs to make one of its chief priorities the improvement of the transportation infrastructure all over Haiti. It can't continue to leave it up to aid organizations. It must take on its share of responsibility by including major road work funding in its next annual budget.

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