1. Haiti - Education : Launch of the 6th national literacy campaign - HaitiLibre.com

    Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe will launch in Bernagousse, communal section of Pestel, the 6th national literacy campaign, which will be held under the theme “Aprann li ak ekri pou ayiti ka vanse pi lwen”.

    This campaign which is the result of several planning meetings organized by the Joint Steering Committee, aims to alphabetize 370,000 people over a period of 15 months across the country with a concentration of activities in areas affected by special Government plans. 12,350 monitors and 1,500 supervisors are among others, the human resources mobilized for this campaign, financed to the tune of 3 million U.S. dollars from the Petrocaribe funds.

    The Steering Committee was set up under the aegis of the Prime Minister Lamothe, in order to accompany the Secretary of State for Literacy in the process of implementation of this vast campaign. This committee is composed of Mrs. Marie Carmelle Rose Anne Auguste, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister, in charge of human rights and the fight against extreme poverty, Vanneur Pierre, Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, of Oswald Thimoléon, Secretary of State for Literacy, Ricardo Garcia Napoles, Cuban ambassador in Haiti, of a member of the Office of the Prime Minister and two Cuban technicians.

    This campaign aims the total elimination of illiteracy in the intervention areas after the deadline set; give rise to a dynamic of mutual assistance in all spheres of national life and in all social strata of the country in order to have a population better able to manage its affairs, able to create more wealth and more effective citizen participation to support the social reconstruction of the country.

  2. Haitians Welcome TPS Extension, "Act of Humanity" by Washington

    “Act of humanity that extends beyond the boundaries of the United States and into the heart of Haiti.”

    That reaction by New York City Councilmember Dr. Mathieu Eugene who has come to personify temporary protected status for Haitian refugees living in the United States summed up the feelings of many immigrants from the Caribbean nation living.

    “TPS is another form of relief for Haitian immigrants and their families back home,” added the Brooklyn Democrat who represents parts of the Crown Heights community at City Hall. “It has brought smiles to the faces of people who were really very anxious about their future in the country after they were forced to leave their homeland in the wake of the devastating earthquake of four years ago.”

    In what is being seen as a “major act of compassion,” the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services extended TPS for an additional 18 months, giving thousands of Haitians the right to study and live and work in the country without having to fear detention and ultimately deportation to their birthplace. The extension becomes effective on July 23 and runs through January 22, 2016 but to continue to receive the immigration benefits, Haitians must register between March 3 and May 2 this year.

  3. Haiti - Tourism : Things are moving everywhere ! - HaitiLibre.com, Haiti News, The haitian people's voice

    Development of roadside rest areas
    On Thursday, the Ministry of Tourism, represented by Pascale Balmir Hilaire and Carine Beauvoir, met Robert Canez, Bertrand Buteau and Pascal Elie representatives of the National Association of Distributors of Petroleum Products (ANADIP). The meeting aimed to sensitize ANADIP on the implementation of roadside rest areas (with own toilet and refreshment corners) in gas stations along roadsides Jacmel and Cap Haitian.

    Program to signaling of routes and tourist circuits
    The Ministry of Tourism launch a program this year to signaling routes and tourist circuits that will help to direct motorists traveling on highways, towards a road or a circuit of tourist interest like the road to Jacmel, known as the “Route of Friendship” which allows to discover picturesque landscapes and tourist attractions worth seeing. In addition, the ministry wishes to proceed in Carrefour Dufort to the improvement of roundabout located between the Friendship road National road #2 and build food kiosks for vendors.

    Cooking School Elie Dubois
    The Ministry of Tourism in partnership with the “World Central Kitchen” group and the internationally recognized Chef José Andrès, activate to establish in the shortest time, the cooking school Elie Dubois. Students of the school, under the direction of Chef Andrès and his team will be able to learn not only cooking, but all disciplines related to the industry, as well as techniques for finding a job. This initiative is a way to prepare young women for careers in hospitality and food service industries. http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-10727-haiti-news-some-news-here-and-there.html

    Cruises Winter 2015/2016
    For the Winter 2015/2016 season, Royal Caribbean International will place 4 of its vessels in the Caribbean “Allure of the Seas”, “Oasis of the Seas”, “Freedom of the Seas” and “Serenade of the Seas” . The first two will depart from Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale (USA) and will perform two routes, one of 8 days and 7 nights in the Western Caribbean (Jamaica, Mexico, Haiti). The “Freedom of the Seas” will embark from Port Canaveral (USA) for circuits of 8 days and 7 nights, some will be in the Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Mexico, Haiti).

    Involvement of students in tourism development
    Thursday, Ms. Luma Etienne, Regional Director North Ministry of Tourism, proceeded to a presentation session to the attention of students of the National School Philippe Guerrier (LNPG) of Cap-Haitien on their involvement in the development of tourism in the North Destination. Concepts related to tourism have been developed in this presentation in the Auditorium of LNPG before several hundred students of different classes of this establishment. Recall that this is the second meeting of its kind that the Director introduces to students of schools in the metropolis of the North. Last month, students in terminal of Brothers of Christian Instruction of Cap-Haitien received the same training session. http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-10553-haiti-tourism-things-are-moving-everywhere.html

  4. Government warns against using Coat of Arms

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Citizens are not authorized to use the Haitian national coat of arms, according to a note of the Martelly-Lamothe government. The government said “offenders would be charged with piracy and cyber crimes against the Republic of Haiti.”
    The communication came in a footnote from the Office of National Ethnology (BNE) of the Ministry of Culture, which is responsible for the cultural policy of the Martelly-Lamothe administration.

    Read more: http://www.sentinel.ht/politics/articles/executive/5326-haiti-gov-t-warns-against-using-coat-of-arms#ixzz2pGYqMq6j

  5. Several thousand in Haiti march in 2 protests

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Several thousand Haitians marched in parallel protests on Friday in the Caribbean nation’s capital.

    One group was protesting what its members saw as political interference by the U.S. and carried a banner that asked President Barack Obama to stop supporting Haitian President Michel Martelly.

    That protest reached a peak of a few thousand people but shrank to about 1,000 as it approached the U.S. Embassy.

    Riot police blocked the area with barricades. Protesters responded by taking a back route to reach the embassy compound where they met police with tear gas. The demonstrators set fire to discarded tires and broke the windows of homes and cars with rocks.

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  6. Haitian protesters demand end to President Martelly presidency

    Several thousand people were reported to have marched in the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Friday, calling for Martelly to stand down.

    The protest numbers were said to have shrunk to around 1,000 by the time participants converged on the US embassy. Demonstrators - who approached the compound from the rear after police blockaded the area with barricades - were repelled by police firing tear gas. UN peacekeeping troops also guarded the building.

    Protesters voiced dissatisfaction with Martelly’s government, which they claim has been propped up by the US.

    "We ask the ambassador to rid the country of the president that the Americans installed in power," one participant, Jean Max Edouard, told the AFP news agency.

    Another protester, Jude Saint-Ame, said he was protesting against “occupation.” “Haitians must be able to demonstrate where they want, without restriction,” he said, denouncing “the stranglehold of America” on Haiti.

    As well as calling for the president to resign, protesters carried placards demanding Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe leave office. The demonstrators made appeals for better living standards in the country, which is the poorest in the Americas.

    Dissatisfaction over corruption, late elections

    Almost 170,000 people in Haiti remain homeless after the devastating 2010 earthquake that claimed 250,000 lives.

    Opponents of the government claim that corruption is rife. They also highlight the fact that legislative and local elections are now two years overdue.

    A second group, of some 600 people led by opposition leader Maryse Narcisse, also gathered on Friday morning in a school yard, where they laid a flower to mark the anniversary of an election day massacre 26 years ago.

    US and Haitian politics have long been intertwined, with the US having occupied Haiti between 1915 and 1934, ostensibly to safeguard the interests of US corporations.

    A former musician, Martelly came to power in May 2011 after winning an runoff election against his opponent, Mirlande Manigat.

  7. Caribbean leaders defend Haiti, denounce Dominican decision


    Declaring that it can no longer be business as usual, the Caribbean Community on Tuesday suspended the Dominican Republic’s application to join its regional economic bloc and called on the country’s leaders to urgently “take immediate, credible steps” to stave off a potential humanitarian crisis triggered by a citizenship ruling.

    The decision came with a formal condemnation of the Dominican Republic’s constitutional court ruling of Sept. 23 stripping citizenship from anyone born in the country to parents who were illegal. And it happened despite a last minute assurance by Dominican President Danilo Medina that persons — the majority of them of Haitian descent — affected by the ruling would not be deported.

    Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, chairwoman of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), said she received word from Medina on Tuesday morning that “the government of the DR will not deport any of the persons affected by the ruling of the constitution court and measures are to be taken to ensure that no one is deported.”

    “Caricom expects these assurances by the Dominican Republic will be honored,” Persad-Bissessar said at a news conference after a special meeting by Caricom’s leaders on the court decision. “Caricom is prepared to engage the DR, but the government of the DR must be prepared to show good faith by immediate, credible steps as part of an overall plan to resolve this nationality and attendant issues in the shortest possible time.”

    Persad-Bissessar, incoming Caricom chairman St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and former chairman Haitian President Michel Martelly spent several hours discussing the issue Tuesday. They also heard from members of civil society who denounced the measures and presented a Caribbean-wide petition condemning the decision. Among the points made during the discussions: the court ruling violates the Dominican Republic’s international human rights obligations.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/26/v-fullstory/3781525/caribbean-leaders-defend-haiti.html#storylink=cpy

  8. Video of all the progress happening in Haiti at the moment…

    Haiti is Moving Forward.

    (via This Is Haiti / The Haitian American)

  9. Jamaica offers tertiary scholarships to Haiti - Latest News - JamaicaObserver.com

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica has offered four scholarships to the government of Haiti, tenable at the island’s HEART/NTA institutions as well as two scholarships at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE).

    The six scholarships are part of developments emerging from the three-day state visit of Haitian President Michel Martelly to the island.

    Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made the disclosure at a press briefing at Jamaica House in St Andrew, Thursday, following a meeting on bilateral, regional and multi-lateral issues.

    Simpson Miller said the parties discussed the strengthening of bilateral relations and mutually beneficial initiatives aimed at increasing co-operation between the two countries and governments.

    She said the historic and timely meeting was “conducted in an atmosphere of friendship, co-operation and mutual respect and provided the impetus needed to significantly advance the bilateral co-operation between Jamaica and Haiti in a number of areas”.

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  10. Protests are growing as the Dominican Republic tries to strip citizenship from Haitians

    Because of a court ruling in the Dominican Republic against undocumented immigrants, nearly a quarter of a million people are finding themselves stateless. Many of them are Haitians since Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the same island. Protests have spread as far as New York.

    The ruling tightens a 2010 law denying citizenship to people born to parents who are not Dominican. It applies the law retroactively to anyone born after 1929. And it affects about 250,000 people — most of whom have roots in Haiti. 

    The move is part of a long and intensifying debate in the Dominican Republic over undocumented workers and their children.

    Now, the ruling is reverberating in New York City, home to large Haitian and Dominican immigrant communities. 

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  11. Haiti: 400 Street Children Will Have a Home on Delmas 3

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - With a dormitory, library, computer room, cafeteria, medical and sporting center, a new building on Delmas 3 capable of providing housing for 400 children living on the streets or in difficulty with their parents was inaugurated on Tuesday.

    The inauguration ceremony for the Transient Centre of Delmas 3 was held in the presence of the President of the Republic Michel Martelly and the Minister of Social Affairs Charles Jean Jacques.

    "Children have dreams and deserve to be surrounded by parental love, family protection and a stable educational environment for better grow and integrate into society," said the Head of State during his declaration.

    Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, Charles Jean Jacques was also joined by the Director of Social Welfare, Arielle Jeanty Villedrouin, the head of the Brigade for the Protection of Minors (BPM), Chief Superintendent Antoine Rony Bazil , and representatives of national and international partners in the fight to protect children.

    "This program will allow children to learn to live in society. They receive intensive medical care and accompaniments in education, sport and personal development," said the Minister of Social Affairs who took the opportunity to tell the children that they are not alone.

    "My Presidency considers the establishment of these centers as an act of social justice that offer a better quality of life for these young people," said the President of the Republic, adding that these centers will introduce in the school system a group of children, by its conditions, were excluded from school.

    The home Delmas 3 Centre already has fifty youth and includes a library, a music room , recreation room and the computer, play areas, an academic program, an infirmary, etc.. Children are collected by the Institute of Welfare and Research ( IBESR ) and the Brigade for the Protection of minors (BPM).



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  12. The Ministry of Social Affairs distributed 10,000 school kits - HaitiLibre.com

    In order to help the most disadvantaged families, Volmy Fils Desrameaux, the Director General of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MAST), proceeded Friday, on the courtyard of the Caisse d’Assistance sociale (CAS) located at Avenue N, to the distribution of nearly 10,000 school kits composed of pens, pencils, school bags and reading books for students of all levels.

    Nearly a week after the official reopening of classes, many families have responded like every year at the invitation of the CAS, which proposes to accompany them by providing their children with educational materials for their learning.

    ”[…] The MAST via the CAS, is distributing school kits to relieve the most disadvantaged, according to the vision of the Government Martelly-Lamothe,” declared Mr. Desrameaux, which devotes special attention to disabled and announced the continuation of the distribution across the country in the Departmental Directorates of the Ministry and community restaurants.

    Me. Ledor Louis, Director of CAS, insisted on the Government’s social policy allowing families in financial difficulty, during the school year, to benefit of social assistance program of the Government Thanks to an effort of Minister Charles Jean Jacques, the CAS was able to respond positively to the request of the families who care to ensure the education of their children,” ensuring that the populations of Derac, Fort-Liberté, Boucan Carré etc… will benefit from operations of distribution of school kits in their respective localities.

  13. Haiti Aviation

    MIAMI, USA (defend.ht) - A new airline, Haiti Aviation, takes flight and American Airlines adds two trips to Port-au-Prince just in time for the tip off of Carnival des Fleurs.
    The Vice Consul of Haiti in Miami, Guy Francois, through cooperation with American Airlines officials was able to add two more flights to accommodate visitors to the island. These trips will be available on Friday, July 26 and Saturday July 27, 2013.
    Convenience continued to be increased when Haitian airliner, Haiti Aviation, made it’s inaugural flight on Friday. The Haiti Press Network reports:
    With 150 passengers - Haitian and other nationalities from Miami - on board, the MD 83 landed for the first time on the runway at Toussaint Louverture International Airport around noon, two-hour late arrival because the aircraft should have arrived at 10:00 AM.

  14. Venezuela Reaffirms Commitment to Haiti’s Reconstruction | venezuelanalysis.com

    President Nicolas Maduro has returned from Haiti, where he met with the Caribbean nation’s president on Tuesday.

    In a press conference in Port-au-Prince yesterday afternoon, Haitian president Michel Martelly acknowledged Venezuela’s support under the PetroCaribe program, stating that all of “Latin America has a debt with Venezuela.”

    “Most of what is done today in Haiti is achieved with Petrocaribe funds,” Martelly said. He continued by stating that 94% of ongoing education, infrastructure and agriculture projects being undertaken in Haiti are supported by PetroCaribe.

    Earlier in the day, Maduro and Martelly held a private meeting at the site of the National Palace, which collapsed during the 2010 earthquake.

    Haitian prime minister Laurent Lamothe also welcomed Maduro’s visit, describing it as a “historical” event.

    “Haiti is honoured because of his attention,” Lamothe told local media.

    The trip was the first visit of a Venezuelan head of state to Haiti since former president Hugo Chavez travelled to Port-au-Prince in 2007. Meeting with former Haitian president Rene Preval, Chavez established a development fund for Haiti worth US$1 billion, according to a Venezuelan embassy in the U.S. publication in January. Chavez also agreed to provide financial support to a joint Haitian-Cuban medical programme.

  15. Haiti, U.S. announce $87 million agricultural project

    CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (defend.ht) - An agricultural program that hopes to rehabilitate roads and construct 120 km of rural roads, double the production of farmers of corn, rice, cocoa, plantains, bananas and beans within five years was launched in Cap-Haitien on Thursday.


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