The brand new road from 44 to Cotes-de-Fer.
When I arrived in Haiti in 1992, the road from 44 through our town and on to Cotes-de-Fer was a skinny, muddy mess. It was repaired and improved by hand at one point by a Pn-American project. Water For Life has done some repairing and improving over the years as well. But there had always been talk of a government plan to build and pave the road. Under Aristide the contracts were apparently prepared, but put on hold. Last year we heard 'reliable rumors' that the work was about to begin. There is now apparently a 2-year contract to build the road all the way from the highway intersection (we call 44) to the Dominican Republic boarder. The vehicles have been moving around in our town since February 14th...tractors, bull-dozers, graters, rollers, and a never-ending line of big white dumptrucks. The change is huge. Our 12-foot wide path is now three times wider and being build up higher and higher. As I write these words, I hear the huge machinery working. The road will open lots of doors for our previously isolated community. BUT, with it comes negative side effects. A dog was killed on Saturday in the street. Let's pray that we don't loose a single child...or adult.