Our Special Connection to One of Haiti’s Poorest Communities
Belle-Anse is one the poorest cities in Haiti, and many people survive by fishing. The town sells fish to other nearby towns and Port-au-Prince.
Economy of Belle-Anse
Belle-Anse is one the poorest cities in Haiti, and many people survive by fishing. The town sells fish to other nearby towns and Port-au-Prince. During the 60’s and 70, there was a group of middlemen who did very well by buying coffee from the local peasants and selling it to exporters in Jacmel and Port-au-Prince.
Education in Belle-Anse
There are several elementary schools, one government run, and a few other ones that have been established through partnerships with foreign organizations. Education beyond an elementary level remains, however, a challenge. For many years, L’Ecole Vocationelle de Belle-Anse was the only means to obtain a partial secondary education and that school focuses on trade skills, instead of academic subjects. Those who wish to obtain a solid secondary school education must travel to Port-au-Prince or Jacmel. A complete and solid secondary education still remains a need and a challenge for many Belle-Anse.
Health Care in Belle-Anse
A clinic provides basic medical care for Belle-Anse and a hospital remains far away. The clinic lack sufficient staffing, with only one nurse most of the time. People rely on the St. Michel Hospital in Jacmel for acute medical care. In some circumstances, it is the local people who provides medical care by using their knowledge of natural medicine.
NS4HS has a strong track record of proven successes, accountability and in the past five years, despite limited financial and logistical means. We have been able to establish and maintain a strong, reliable partnership with the Haitian community of Belle-Anse. This partnership offers both regions an opportunity to build strong relations. NB4HS with Rhode Island donors are in the process of building a new medical facility to help elevate clinic conditions. Beyond our construction work with the clinic, we continue our commitment of leading efforts for fair and just programming aimed at providing scholarships, tuition fees, uniforms, school supplies, and teaching materials within the school system. In addition to our health and education work, we are also helping with the collection and distribution of food.
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