Compiled by Rachele Viard

Bassin Zim, a model of sustainable development in Hinche 

On Dec. 21, Minister of Tourism Stephanie Villedrouin and Minister of Culture Dithny Joan Raton, shared a model of sustainable development based on community tourism in Bassin Zim, which is located in Hinche in the Central Department.

Bassin Zim received financial support from the European Union as well as the Ministry and the Mayor of Hinche, which enabled its renovation as well as the construction of a tourist cottage.

The ministers took the opportunity to speak to the inhabitants of the area about the importance of receiving visitors and effectively managing the tourist destination.

Ban Ki-moon concerned with political climate in Haiti

Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, expressed, in a press note dated his concern for the political uncertainty in Haiti.

Recognizing the efforts made by stakeholders and the establishment of the Electoral commission, he called for increase in dialogue to ensure elections within the constitutional timeframe in order to maintain stability and preserve the country’s democratic gains.

He also encouraged the two presidential candidates, who have been identified to participate in the second round of elections to cooperate in good faith, to identify and implement measures to advance the process.  He also urged all stakeholders to encourage unity and discourage violence.

“Nou Tout Sanblé” launched

Nesmy Manigat launched on Monday, December 21st, a music contest titled “Nou Tout Sanblé menm lè nou diferan” as part of the 2nd edition of a civic campaign.

This initiative, organized by the Ministry of National Education and Professional Training and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Civic Action, aims to establish a civic campaign, which diminishes the climate of violence affecting schools.  The contest will help showcase the youth’s talent and instill values of respect, solidarity, dialogue, and sharing.  In addition, it will also facilitate learning to live together, the quest for excellence and a job well done.

Born into a Haitian family in Stone Mountain GA. , Rachele visited Haiti several times in her youth and connected to the country and the culture. She moved to Haiti in 2009, where she put her English degree to use as a writer, using her voice and pen to promote tourism in the country and highlight the richness of the Haitian culture and people.

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