Saturday, April 27, 2013

Kalite Models International Agency search for local talent

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Male and Female aspiring models showed up in great numbers to audition before a casting panel. Those selected will go through a model development training program.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Thousands of Students participate every year at the annual bookfair in Port-Au-Prince, the nation's capital

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Reforming the educational system on a national level must become a top priority so children of deprived socio economic background and those in rural areas can have access to a different level of education.(photo was shot during the 18th annual book fair in 2012)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Jalousie residents voice mixed reactions about Government project entiltled Beauty versus Poverty

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Navisia has lived in Jalousie with her five children for the past thirteen years, her husband past away from an unknown illness years ago. When I initially asked her if she had any children she jokingly replied " mwen gen 10 pitit " and immediately burst out laughing. She takes life the way it comes and does what she can to provide for her children."Cé yon seul fasad yo penturé wi" They have only painted one facade of the house, "beaute pa ta ka kont povreté" Beauty couldn't be against poverty, four of my children were recently sent home because I couldn't pay their tuition, how can painting houses help me with my financial problems? The following are more responses that I have gotten from residents which I asked their opinion about the project title written on  billboards : Beauty versus Poverty - <la mizè cé la mizè, botè cè botè, mwen wè kay yo gen kouleu, men vent nou pa gen okun couleu - poverty is poverty, beauty is beauty, I have noticed colors on houses but there aren't any colors in our belly(unidentified).Visible facades of houses were painted, if you are poor you remain poor(unidentified). It looks really pretty but more has to be done(Jean Marc,38). They have done some clean up but it's not the solution(unidentified) > The excitement and happiness from having their "houses'' painted is long gone, there aren't any more people arguing which paint color would look best on their walls, some residents who had their houses facade painted expressed disappointment about their unchanged living conditions.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The legacy and continual effects of living in a divided society

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 Institutionalized exclusion toward  the majority of the country's population is still very much alive today, ranked at the bottom of the social ladder they have simply become invisible - barely acknowledged, barely respected.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Jane Wynne Farm Ecological Reserve in Kenscoff

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The Wynne Farm Ecological Reserve is situated in Viard, a 45 minute hike from the small town of Kenscoff, Haiti. The Wynne Farm has been in existence for over 50 years. It was founded in 1956 by Victor A. Wynne, a civil engineer with degrees from Harvard and MIT. He noticed the ongoing misuse of the land and the inevitable threats of erosion and deforestation in the country. He then purchased various plots of land from local landowners and created the Wynne Farm which he terraced with a crew of 40 men. There, he propagated indigenous species to conserve Haiti’s rich biodiversity and introduced various fruits, vegetables and trees from numerous parts of the world to show what the country’s rich land is capable of bringing forth. Victor Wynne also emphasized the need for soil conservation, composting, reforestation, and experimented with agricultural techniques such as terracing.Since 1994, the farm has been dedicated to environmental education so as to promote sustainable development and the healing of planet Earth.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

"The future of Haiti depends on local production with local seeds and local knowledge, for local consumption" Haitian Farmers

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"The priority for Haitian farmers is a genuine agrarian reform at the end of which each farmer could secure a piece of land that can feed his family and supply local markets. Peasants must be considered like other Haitians, they must be respected and be allowed involved in the decisions of the country" Chavannes Jean-Baptiste

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Historical National Park Fort Jacques & Fort Alexandre

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 Fort Jacques and Fort Alexandre fortifications were a defensive system improvised by Emperor Jean-Jacques Dessalines to prevent the return of the French after the independence of the island of Haiti.The forts were built under the direction of General Alexandre Pétion. They were high on the hilltops surrounding the city of Kenscoff near Petionville.The Forts were named Alexandre in Honor of Alexandre Pétion, and   Jacques and in honor of Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Fort Jacques was completed in a year and armed with cannons. Fort Alexandre was abandoned after Dessalines death in 1806. Fort Jacques was restored, while the Fort Alexander, which is east of Fort Jacques, is practically in ruins.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

kenscoff Children

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Kenscoff 12:30 pm - Children play with balloons used as decoration at a party last week  celebrating Good Friday.