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Haiti: The right to dream

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Haiti: The right to dream

On December 3, 2009, Labadie had the privilege of receiving the "Oasis of the Seas, the largest liner in the world, owned by Royal Caribbean, partner of the Haitian government in its battle to regain a tourist market lost since the late 70s. This was a unique opportunity to visit the small village of Labadie and have the impressions of its inhabitants.

Located ten kilometers from the city of Cap-Haitien, the small village of Labadie lives between hope for a better tomorrow and the frustration of feeling neglected. Bordering the granting of the Royal Caribbean, which receives regular cruise ships, the inhabitants of this hamlet,
where we saw no comfort, believed that life was radically changed with the arrival of tourists on the site arranged by the shipping company. But the reality is different and the reactions are different at different generations.

If everyone seems to agree on the fact that the presence of the Royal Caribbean may be more beneficial for the village and so far it has contributed little to raising the living standards of villagers, opinions are contradictory regarding the company and its contribution to the economic emancipation of people nearby.

For older children, who are less well the mechanisms of development and are showing a mentality of eternal assisted, Royal Caribbean would have had to invest in the infrastructure of the village and offer what the Haitian State has never bothered to give him.

It's like this company, yet paying its share to the State of Haiti following the agreements signed between them, still had obligations vis-à-vis the population. A tendency to begging not given to encourage potential foreign investors who are probably not there to manage the misery of the population other than creating jobs that are sorely lacking.

Hostile to the presence of Royal Caribbean, which however is present in Haiti for 24 years, even during the most acute crises, this segment of the population, unable to organize themselves enmeshed in the routine habits of everyone for themselves and completely disillusioned, however, has nothing to offer, nothing to offer except his complaints, his lamentations.

For younger, usually under the age of 35 years and apparently much more educated than their elders, as Broken Lorman, painter, Kenson Petit-Frere, vendor craft items, or Male Kilmène, craftsman, the presence Royal Caribbean is a blessing and believe that the passage of the "Oasis of the Seas, the largest liner in the world, in Haitian waters of Labadie is a memorable event that deserves all the publicity it is made.

Emus and proud, casting an occasional glance of admiration on the cruise ship whose lights begin to glow in the dark colors of the dusk, they bless Providence that Labadie was chosen by the shipping company and develop projects while making the most pertinent findings on health status and structure of the village.

"When the ships arrive, it does us good. Whatever the situation, we're still a few dollars to improve our lives. Dollars that we do not when there is no boat. Of course, we would be better, but we are not organized. You can not ask the company to take tourists visit the village. With what do we receive these foreigners who have the habit of some comfort, some clean. Not that our village is particularly dirty, but we must be honest. These people pay a small fortune to afford a cruise, this is certainly not to visit a miserable village where most houses do not even have toilet and we have not even a restaurant or bar Decent "We said Kenson Little Brother.

"It's already much they allow some of us to come and sell our products within the site. We reached quite easily sell these products because the tourists really love our craft. People complain and do not understand things. The company can not leave the tourists with his charge, leaving the protected area without any security. Just watch yourself. We've built a police station for some time, a commission has never hosted a policeman. "Broken Lorman, thinks that there can be no development without organization.

"We must organize, come together to produce better and have something really good to offer for Royal Caribbean. We do not negotiate with empty hands. We must respect the law of supply and demand. If we do nothing serious to offer, what can we claim? We have to organize ourselves to take maximum advantage of the presence of the company in our town. "

Before the landing of the tiny village, as well as the unique site funded in part by USAID, signs announce the drilling of wells and water supply supported by USAID and other institutions including "Labadee, the granting of the Royal Caribbean is high.
When one hears the claims of some villagers, there's really what losing his Latin!

The village

Labadie, originally a small fishing village where we practice the way of fishing craft and where the farm is rudimentary. More or less wooded area is a rather nice and quiet although there is only one street, or rather a pathway, long a mere fifty yards from the landing that does lead to zero hand.

There, in the village, a health center that does not practically, according to villagers and two primary schools, one national and one funded by a Canadian institution. Efforts have been made to provide youth the opportunity to arrive in Grade 9 core without leaving the resort.
The Commission is still without police and young people continue to dream of a better tomorrow.

Patrice Manuel Lerebours
Source: Lenouvelliste (French)
Levanjiltv: English translation

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