Context, location, and population

"Canaan does not have basic public services :

no schools, hospitals, city hall ..."


20 kilometers north of Port-au-Prince, the hills of Canaan stretch as far as the eye can see.

After the earthquake, the land was expropriated by the government for public use and thousands of people flocked there.

Overlooking the ocean, exposed to the wind, heat, and dust, life in these hills is very harsh.

There is little vegetation, no running water, and no electricity.

There are no public services, schools, hospitals, free clinics, sports facilities, or a police station.

Some merchants have built water tanks re-sell the water fby the bucket.

Certain areas are powered by a generator and residents have to sign up and pay to have access.

"The Earthquake in Haiti left more than 250,000 dead and 1.5 million  homeless."



At the bottom of the hills of Canaan, is the plain of Santo. The land is lush, marshy, and well suited to agriculture.


In Santo, infrastructure is more developed, life is better organized, and security is more assured.

The populations of Canaan and Santo are in part comprised of people without land, without income, and the “displaced” who lost everything after the earthquake in 2010. In Canaan, the children are visibly malnourished and the adults are not in good health.

School is often the only place where these children can have one proper meal per day. 

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