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Haiti: USAID Houses Found to be of Poor Quality, Will Cost Millions to Repair
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Haiti: USAID Houses Found to be of Poor Quality, Will Cost Millions to Repair

By Center for Economic and Policy Research

According to documents from USAID, 750 houses built by USAID near the new Caracol industrial park, were found to be of poor quality and will take millions of dollars to repair. The houses are part of USAID’s “New Settlement Program,” which was the subject of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) reporting October 2013 as well as a USAID Inspector General (IG) audit in April 2014.

Get to Haiti One Way
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Get to Haiti One Way

by Michelle Alerte

If not planned correctly, traveling to Haiti can be complicated and expensive. For Jiordany Thomas, a 39-year-old employee at Long Island Auto Group, he and his friends look for any cost-saving measure that’ll ease the damage to their pockets.

Haitian Taxi Drivers Kick Uber’s Tires
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Haitian Taxi Drivers Kick Uber’s Tires

By Vania Andre Gregory Mellon is used to the taxi and livery industry. Since his mid-20s, he’s navigated the landscape, dealing with some of the common pitfalls that cab drivers go through in the competitive, and at times, harsh driving industry. Unscrupulous cab dispatchers are prevalent, often bartering calls for cuts of the driver’s earnings,…

CREOLE: OUTDATED RELIC OR PROUD HERITAGE?
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CREOLE: OUTDATED RELIC OR PROUD HERITAGE?

by Vania Andre   Haitians struggle with perceptions of their native language. As a child, Mackens Rinchiere quickly learned he best not speak Creole in earshot of a school teacher. “If I asked a student [in Creole] for a pen in school and the teacher heard, I would have to write that sentence out 500…

PROUD TO BE HAITIAN
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PROUD TO BE HAITIAN

By Vania Andre Once the victims of prejudice and stereotyping, Haitians today are thriving in school and careers. When Martine Charles started high school 15 years ago in a predominantly Caribbean community in Queens, she anticipated typical teenage angst like tests, homework and boys. She least expected bullying and teasing by students she thought were…

Haiti: Tourism Development on Île-à-Vache Island – Reconstruction or Another Disaster?
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Haiti: Tourism Development on Île-à-Vache Island – Reconstruction or Another Disaster?

By Jessica Hsu and Jean-Claudy-Aristil   A large-scale tourism project planned for the Haitian island of Île-à-Vache targets “the well-heeled tourist from traditional markets…creating a place of exquisite peace and well-being,” as described in the government of Haiti’s executive plan. The project aims to attract four character types: “the Explorers, the Lovers, the Rejuvenators and…

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