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Haiti

Haiti has a population of eight million five hundred thousand people. Haiti formal name is Republic of Haiti. Its capitol is Port-au-Prince which has a population of 1.4 million. Haiti takes up 10 thousand 5 hundred 69 sq. miles of the earth lands. Haiti has latitude of 18 degrees 54 north and a longitude 72 degrees 34 west. Haiti occupies the western third of the island Hispaniola which consists of two peninsulas, separated by the Gonave Gulf. It's a rugged, mountainous land, dominated by three main massifs (mountain ranges). The highest point is Pic La Stelle in the Massif De La Selle. It stands at 8,793 ft. (2,680 m). Lake Azuei and Lake of Miragoane are the only significant lakes. There are a few dozen small rivers, with the Artibonite the only major one. (worldatlas.com)

Haitians speak French Creole, which is there official language. Their religion is catholic or voodoo. Haitian food is often lumped together with other Caribbean islands as "Caribbean cuisine." However, Haiti maintains an independently unique flavor. Unlike its Spanish-influenced counterpart, the Dominican Republic, Haitian cuisine is based on Creole and French cooking styles. Strong pepper flavoring in many dishes also sets Haitian food apart from the other islands. The flag of Haiti consists of two equal sized horizontal stripes - the top one is blue and the bottom one is red. In the center of the Haitian flag is the country's coat of arms, placed on a white square. The coat of arms consists of a Palmette surrounded by the liberty cap, and under the palms a trophy with the inscription: 'L'Union Fait la Force', which means 'in union there is strength'. (worldsflags101.com)

The cost of education in Haiti is very high and for the most part is highly inaccessible to the average poor person. Due to weak state provision of education services, private and parochial schools account for about 90% of primary schools and only 65% of primary school-aged children are actually enrolled. At the secondary level, the figure drops to around 20%. Even though Haitians place a high value on education, few can afford to send their children to secondary school. In Haiti's overall development, education remains a key obstacle to economic and social advancement. So just imagine how much higher education would be such as a good high school and even college it would cost to much for the

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