Arriving in Haiti

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Left Massachusetts which was cold and wet- with the promise of heavy snow on the way, arrived to sunny skies and 70 degrees in  Haiti. This is my fourth trip to the Haiti Development Studies Center in Les Cayes- we flew into Port-au-Prince and made the 4.5 hour drive down to the Center. The drive down is an interesting experience in possibilities and challenges- Haiti is a beautiful island with great beaches and great weather (for a large part of the year), however, it has serious challenges that you also see driving through the narrow streets of Port-au-Prince and the beautiful but not easily accessible countryside. Anyone can see the potential in this place- natural beauty, a friendly and welcoming population, a two hour flight from Miami; but the problems are also just as stark- infrastructure struggling to recover from the latest natural disaster, open waste sites in the cities and a level of poverty that makes one rethink their ideas about what we consider necessities.  – Cecil

 

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