With the Port-au-Prince metro area producing 1,400 to 1,600 metric tons of waste daily, proper control will be a formidable and costly task. But officials hope that educating vendors and students about the dangers – and imposing new penalties – will curtail the problem.
Earlier in July, protests against price hikes paralyzed Port-au-Prince, but the demonstrations also forced the closing of one of the capital’s sources of affordable food: the informal street chefs known as “manje kwit.” With stands near markets and bus stops, these vendors offer meals for $1 or less, and their fare is a lifeline for many of the capital’s food-insecure residents.
In a nation reliant on imports and international aid, craft distillers in Léogâne are rightfully proud that they are boosting the economy in that region. But they’re faced with challenges that include the lower costs of imported alcoholic beverages and a shrinking amount of land for sugarcane farming.
Haiti’s Cité Soleil area, a densely-populated neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, is known for violence. A group of mental health professionals now work with children in their schools to help them manage the stress they experience living there.
After Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake and with frequent political turmoil there, tens of thousands of Haitians have crossed the border on their island in recent years to the neighboring Dominican Republic. But the Dominican Republic has started to send many of those Haitians back.