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Verrettes

Vèrèt
Municipality
CountryFlag of Haiti.svg Haiti
DepartmentArtibonite
ArrondissementSaint-Marc
Elevation
72 m (236 ft)
Population
 (2007)[1]
 • Total48,724

Verrettes (Creole: Vèrèt) is a municipality in the Saint-Marc Arrondissement, in the Artibonite Department of Haiti. It is located approximately 58 km north of the capital, Port-au-prince, and has 48,724 inhabitants.

History

Verrettes is also known as the birthplace of the late president Dumarsais Estimé. During his presidency, he made great efforts to modernize the commune of Verrettes by constructing the water distribution system of "Bassin Vincent", building streets with sidewalks, and a modern sewer system. Unfortunately, subsequent governments abandoned this urbanization work, as the pavement of some streets was not completed.

Culture

The city of Verrettes has mostly been unaffected by Haiti’s political turmoil and natural disasters. The small city is uneventful with a very low crime rate, but with an active nightlife. The city downtown is known for its live music, restaurants, clubs, and is also known as the playground for the town teenagers.[citation needed]

The city is very self-sufficient with most of the population consume goods produced from nearby family farms in rural neighborhoods.[citation needed] Most of the formal businesses are owned by the city’s upper middle class residence. Their homes are usually located near the downtown area; just like Port-au-Prince most of the upper middle class homes are surrounded by large cement walls with iron gates or some sort of fences.

Verrettes is mostly known for its strong emphasis on education; many rural town peasants relocate their children to Verrettes for their schooling, they usually rent houses and apartments in the town for their children to stay in.[citation needed] The middle and upper middle class residence are known for sending their children to Port-au-Prince to finish their studies. In the past few decades, there has been a large exodus of the upper middle class out of Haiti.

Religion

At Verrettes "l’Eglise de la Nativité" (Church of Nativity) is still one of the largest churches of the country.[2] The religion of the city is mainly Catholic & Protestant with a small percentage practicing Vodou.[3]

School

Public Building

2010 earthquake

The city's senator died in the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[citation needed]

La Providence is currently hosting 300 Jacmelien from the city of Jacmel displaced by the earthquake.[citation needed]

References


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