The Republic of Haiti is located in the Caribbean basin (which, geographically, is part of North America), in the western one-third of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean.
Hispaniola is the second-largest island in the Greater Antilles (one of the three island groups in the Caribbean – it comprises Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico). It is situated to the west of the Dominican Republic.
The total area of Haiti is 27,750 square kilometers (10,714 sq. miles) and its capital is Port-au-Prince. French and Haitian Creole are the official languages.
80 percent below poverty line (income less than $2 per day)
55 percent illiterate (UNICEF)
$1,300 – Ranked 203 in the world (2008)
3.6 million – Two-thirds have no formal job
Often less than $1 per day
Official minimum wage is $5 per day
1.4 percent of GDP – Ranked 175 in the world (1991)
5.3 percent in the US
Public schools charge between $70 to $100 a year for tuition
(Source: Pierre Leger)
Only 15 percent of schools are public and operated by the Haitian Ministry of Education
Less than 50 percent of Haitian children have access to education
Only 2 percent of students obtain high school diploma
· The Commune of Saint-Marc was identified and confirmed to become the beneficiary of the project
· The entire commune consists of 282,000 inhabitants, receiving 32,000 refugees after the 2010 earthquake
· It includes 80,000 school-age youngsters, only 52 percent of who have access to education and attend one of the 91 schools in the district
· Saint-Marc also has 4 community colleges offering education in healthcare, banking and computer science, as well as a small law school and a small engineering school
· The commune's vision is to have an international airport built 10 kilometers northeast of the city, large enough to receive wide-body aircraft. The runway would be longer at Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe, French W.I.)
· The commune also wants to move the current deep water harbor from its current location at the center of the city to a new location southwest of the city
· Future projects include building an industrial park with 32 warehouses, four of which are already committed to textile manufacturers, with the remaining 28 serving as temporary refugee housing
To promote tourism in Haiti, officials from Haiti and Montreal signed an agreement in March 2014 at the Ministry of Tourism in Haiti. Participants included Haiti Minister of Tourism Stephanie Balmir-Villedrouin, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and General Director of Montreal Tourism Yves Lalumière. Following the meeting, Balmir-Villedrouin said that the agreement would allow Canada to provide its expertise in helping Haiti promote tourism. This guidance on tourism development will create a bridge between the cities of Montreal and Port-au-Prince, encouraging Canadian tourists to visit Haiti. Balmir-Villedrouin says, "Our greatest need is to improve Haiti's image."