August 1, 2006
Haitians stand by their man - newly elected President René Préval.Patrick Bruin, a 41-year-old Haitian businessman, surveys an expanse of mountainous countryside high above Port-au-Prince. With leek plantations and groves of pine trees dotting the hillside, and the air fragrant with the smell of coffee, the atmosphere hardly hints at the violent political strife that has beset Haiti for much of its 200-year-history.
Bruin and a group of like-minded professionals have begun to help local farmers diversify their crops with items such as artichokes, apples and strawberries, as well as planting bamboo to help hold the topsoil in a country that has seen 90% of its tree cover
Despite continued unrest and massive odds stacked against them, Haitians are hoping that things will improve under a new government.