Grand-Bois, Haiti is located in the Département de l’Ouest, the center of which is about 40 miles (77 kilometers) east of Port-Au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. A single, unpaved road bisects the region, which measures approximately 200 square miles (450 square kilometers) and is bordered to the south by Lake Étang Saumâtre and to the east by the Dominican Republic. Residential areas cluster around sources of water, which include small ponds, lakes, and a stream that is dry for a portion of the year.
There is little to no electricity, telephone, postal services, television or radio signals or internet access. According to the 2003 Haitian census, Grand-Bois has approximately 65,000 residents, 25,000 of whom are under the age of 18, and approximately 70% of whom work as subsistence farmers. The median household income in rural Haiti is $300 per year and Grand-Bois is one of the poorest rural regions. The population is organized in small villages and townships.
ServeHAITI chooses to work in this isolated region because we believe this is where we can do the most good. In an area that is forgotten and even relatively unknown by the rest of the country, ServeHAITI and the people of Grand-Bois are forging new developments in every area to support basic human rights and improve their quality of life. It is our dream that Grand-Bois may one day become a model for other such areas in the country.