When last year’s earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, the school where Sansoir Boyer taught biology and math was reduced to rubble, along with the surrounding neighborhood.
Out of that disaster, however, Boyer has emerged with a new house and job beyond the teeming city he had lived in for years. Along with thousands of other displaced people, he moved to the burgeoning settlement of Corail-Cesselesse on a sun-soaked plain nine miles (14 kilometers) north of the capital. He will be principal of a soon-to-open elementary school.
“I think the area will be transformed and the people who live here will find a better life,” Boyer said outside the row of schoolhouses.
Some 18 months after the quake, Haiti’s government and international partners are trying to create jobs and housing in the countryside in an effort to relieve strain on dangerously crowded Port-au-Prince. The city is one of the Caribbean’s biggest, with about a third of Haiti’s population, having swollen from 200,000 people just a few decades ago to more than 3 million. READ MORE…