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Update: Jan. 11, 2011 . . . Despite only 5% of the rubble being removed from the capitol, Port-au-Prince, the Iron Market has been rebuilt. Denis O’Brien, the billionaire who owns the Irish company Digicel has financed the rebuilding. If you've visited PAP, you know the Iron Market is the heart of the native market. There are a thousand merchants who sell literally everything there and it is a major tourist site. President Clinton is expected to attend the grand opening that they hope to schedule near the 1st anniversary of the earthquake. Mr. O'Brien and the Mayor of PAP have worked closely on the project and they have retained as many original parts as possible. Many merchants have already moved back in. Hooray.

Update: Jan. 13, 2010 . . . Preliminary unconfirmed reports following the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake suggest the Hotel Montana has collapsed. There are photos showing the Presidential Palace badly damaged. Further photos show collapse of the UN Headquarters in PAP, the National Cathedral and many buildings reduced to rubble. I have no word yet on the Episcopal Cathedral just blocks from the Presidential Palace. If you want to send aid to Haiti, please send it through an agency that is in place and trusted, for example, Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, a church mission organization. I know the Catholic, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Mennonite and Baptist churches all maintain excellent mission organizations in Haiti. They would put aid money and supplies to good use. I'll repost as I get more news.

Newest Update from a friend in the Episcopal Church: We have devastating news to share with you from Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake yesterday. According to reports I have received here in Les Cayes, the damage in Port au Prince and areas around it is terrible. There is no Episcopal Cathedral. The entire Holy Trinity complex is gone. The Episcopal convent for the Sisters of St. Margaret is gone. The Episcopal Bishop's house is gone. College St. Pierre is gone. The apartment for College St. Pierre is still standing. Bishop no longer has a house in which to live.
In Trouin, four people were killed during a service.
In Grand Colline, the Episcopal Church is gone.
In St. Etienne, the Episcopal Church is gone.
In Les Cayes, BTI is OK, but some people were injured trying to get out of the buildings during the quake. The rectory in Les Cayes is in very bad condition

Update Jan. 15, 2009
The Episcopal Convent of the Sisters of St. Margaret has been destroyed along with Holy Trinity School, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Bishop Duracin's residence. St. Vincent's School for Handicapped Children has been damaged. No word yet on the Trade School or Music School. The presumption is that the amazing frescoes inside the Episcopal Cathedral have been lost. They would be a worthy cause for restoration. Bright note is that the nuns from the Sisters of St. Margaret have all been found alive and well although living on a football field behind College St. Pierre right now. The Episcopal Bishop has been found safe.

Haiti has the highest mountains in the Caribbean, wild and beautiful. A Haitian saying is "Deye mon de mon" meaning "Beyond mountains are mountains."

If you like to hike, it's wonderful. If you like to swim, the beaches are fantastic. If you like history, visit the Citadelle near Cap Haitien.

The food is great . . . French with a Caribbean twist and the people are incredibly friendly. Plan to buy a few Haitian oil paintings while you are there. They are world famous.

Moulin sur Mer is a resort created out of an old sugar plantation. They've turned the old buildings into a museum of sorts. There is a pond nearby, a gazebo and a restaurant right on the beach. The hotel rooms are newer construction.

If you like soft sand, clear warm Caribbean waters and wonderful food, this is the perfect place to stay.

There are a string of excellent beaches along the coast north-northwest of Port-au-Prince.

More old sugar plantation buildings!

There are plenty of places to visit in Haiti. The most obvious is Port-au-Prince, the capitol city. Enjoy a rum punch at the Grand Hotel Olaffson, inspiration for "The Comediens." The Episcopal Cathedral Ste. Trinite is worth visiting both for the gift shop and the wonderful murals in the sanctuary. There is an excellent gallery of Haitian National Art at College St. Pierre across the square from the Palace.

There is an excellent gift shop at Fermathe that is sponsored by the Baptist church. On the way you can visit the Barbancourt Rum Factory and taste a few different varieties.

There are markets in all the towns, but the market in Kenscoff is spectacular both in scope and because of the view.

There are great beaches at Les Cayes and Jacmel on the northern coast and the drive is incredible.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Incredible beauty, kind and friendly people, good food.
  • Cons:Unstable political situation, crushing poverty.
  • In a nutshell:If you want to see the "old" Caribbean, this is it.
  • Last visit to Haiti: Jul 1995
  • Intro Updated Jan 11, 2011
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  • briantravelman's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    This would actually be an interesting place to visit if there wasn't such a high crime rate. IDK about friendly. Whenever I see them on TV, they always try to attack the camera crew. But they might be friendly off camera. I've never been here, so I have no idea. The ones that live in Miami seem friendly.

  • RafaelTheSecond's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    We should all work hard to give back the beauty of Haiti and the happiness to the people's heart. LOVE YOUR PAGE!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Poor Haiti!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Really sad, Sally. It's sad we those places you visited won't be the same as you had described...Haiti does have some awesome views...mountains are beautiful...and yes, I think Red Cross is an agency that does the job well.

  • unaS's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2010 at 1:32 AM

    Such a tragedy. We are all doing what we can, donating money and clothes, but nothing is enough in circumstances like these. One can only hope that recovery doesn't take too long. Such poor people don't deserve this.

  • tropicrd's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    I feel so sad about the earthquake and the loss of life and buildings--it is a tragic start to the new year.We have donated to the red cross. Dorrise

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2008 at 8:24 AM

    Such a green island and now they don't have enough food. It's hard to understand.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Nice introduction to Haiti. Cheers, SL :)

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2006 at 4:04 PM

    Did you read Jared Diamond's "Collapse"? The Haiti chapter is helpful in making sense of the situation there - and its causes. Thank you for tempering my République advice in the Paris forum.

  • bontyal's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2006 at 1:28 PM

    i am planing on going to haiti this summer is it a good time to go there and is there any hotel in that place kenskof

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