Church of St. Pierre in Baradères, Haiti

St. Pierre parish, Baradères, Haiti — sister parish of St. John the Baptist Catholic Community, Silver Spring, Md. 

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January 2001 visit
People of Baradères

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The gentleness, intelligence and strength in this young man's face would take him far. That is, if he lived where job opportunities meant more than being an assistant to a boat operator.

Baradères and the other rural regions of Haiti lack such opportunities. Many talented young men leave their rural villages and go to Port-au-Prince, thinking this is a hopeful move. We are told that most never return.

If anything, conditions—jobs, poverty, living conditions—are worse in Port-au-Prince. And the village loses more of its future leaders and talented workers.

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