People here always knew the city was close, yet, Port-au-Prince felt far away. A project financed by the World Food Programme and implemented by a religious congregation that has been involved in the area for a long time is changing all that.
Jacquot Merlin is now connected to the outside world by a 6-kilometer road winding through the landscape. Started only in July, the dirt road is nearing completion. In just a few months, nearly 800 workers living in the are have literally carved out the mountain by hand to build the road they always wanted.
Anel Jacinthe has been involved in the road construction project since it started in July. On a hot morning, he was busy piling up rocks to build a wall to anchor the side of the road. "It's not easy work, he said, but everyone here will benefit from this road."
With the new road, local farmers won't have to walk for hours to take their vegetables to the market. It's also easier to bring food that doesn't grow here, rice for example, from the markets to the plates of the people living in this community.
This project is one of more than a hundred and fifty financed by the World Food Programme to increase food security, promote agricultural rehailitation and boost local markets. Over the next few months, a total of 140,000 Haitians will help their country rebuild throuh Cash and Food for Work projects.
26 May 2014 Haiti: Partnering for Progress