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Fond-Parisien, Haiti

I’d like to introduce you to a region in the easternmost part of Haiti called Fond-Parisien. This area is home to the largest lake, called Lake Saumatre or Lake Auei, as well as the second largest lake in Hispaniola (after Lake Enriquillo). A slideslow below gives you a great visual of this region.

There is a lot of potential for development in this area because of the lake and proximity to the Dominican Republic. A resort is being built in Fond-Parisien that could transform the area by providing employment and bringing tax revenues. If these funds are used properly they could help improve the social well-being of local residents.

At the same time, you will see from the pictures that there is a lot of work to be done in Fond-Parisien. First, there is a lot of garbage near the lake and throughout the city. Second, the surrounding mountains are being used to take materials for construction, creating some unsightly views. Third, the main road has become impassible because of flooding from the lake. A new road or bridge may need to be built. Additionally, it seems the lake is expanding, and the need for a thoroughly planned comprehensive solution is evident. A drainage system, docks for boats, new walling are all items that may need to be put in place, similar to what was done in Gonaive. Finally, there are many members of the Haitian diaspora who are making their homes in Fond-Parisien. Most of these homes are on the mountains overseeing the lake. Without a infrastructure plan, this area could fall into disrepair.

Fond-Parisien does provide a wealth of natural beauty, so if you’re interested in visiting the area I can assist in travel arrangements for visitors. It’s just 30 minutes away from my birthplace of Croix-des-Bouquets, so I am quite familiar with the region. It’s a place of beauty and intrigue, which is why I’ve made it one of my adopted homes. Take a look at the slideshow to see more.

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May 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm 1 comment


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