BelAir Road Project
One of the major successes of 1998 was the starting, building and completion of the road up the mountain in BelAir (a part of Cap Haitien) in the North of Haiti.
It all started when one of the people living on the mountain came to For Haiti with Love's headquarters to discuss the fact that the people of this mountain area above Cap Haitien really wanted to build a road to replace the muddy, steep ravine they used as a pathway down the mountain.
Since Don was a road builder "in his other life" (phrase he uses for his days in the capitalistic world, before Haiti full time) he was kind of excited about this project. Knowing there would be no bulldozers, no pavers, and only unskilled laborers added to the challenge. They got the measuring done, managed to clear only sacrificing one tree and even made a turn around pad at the top.
It was a steep, dangerous and difficult project, which made the success of completion only sweeter. The people can now reach their homes on pavement, vehicles can take the sick to town, where before they relied on bringing them down the mountain on a door -- most of them not making it.
There is even a daily Tap Tap (pickup truck colorfully painted and fixed with seats in the back) for transportation for the market ladies to get down to the city to work in the mornings and back home in the eveningsClick Here to see pictures BelAir Road Project
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