Haiti Local



Location in Haiti

Perches (Kreyol: Pèch) is a commune in the Northeastern Department of Haiti. By area and population, Perches is the smallest town in both the Northeast Department and the Fort-Liberté Arrondissement. It contains two communal sections, Haut-des-Perches and Bas-des-Perches, and a population of barely 12,000.


Perches is located at 19.5231° N, 71.9238° W. According to the IHSI, the commune has a total land area of 39.64 square kilometers, of which 22.40 km² (57%) is rural, 15.35 km² (39%) is suburban, and 1.89 km² (5%) is urban. The town is bordered on the northeast by the town of Terrier-Rouge, on the east by the city of Fort-Liberté, on the southwest by the city of Vallières, and on the northwest by the city of Trou-du-Nord.

Perches is a landlocked commune. Its land area consists primarily of hills and a tropical climate. This small town in mountainous northeast Haiti is contrasted by its cooler mountain air and fresh puddles of rain; a pleasant change from the more heavily-populated lowland areas. Its inhabitants are called Perchoise.


Location within the center of the Northeast Department


Year Population +/-
1998 7,825
2003 8,344 +7%
2004 8,567 +3%
2009 10,509 +23%
2015 11,556 +10%
Communal Map of Perches


PER Perches 11,556
VPE Ville de Perches Urban 6,729
HPH 1ère Section Haut Des Perches Rural 2,082 Coupe Bois, Madeleine, Maquillon, Savane Berglanne,

BPH 2ème Section Bas Des Perches Rural section 2,745 Bas des Perches, Belery, Charrois, La Coupe, Paon



Street vendor in Perches

This is a place where many of the people travel long distances to get water from rivers that are most likely contaminated. The chief means of producing income in Perches is through sustainable farming. Pistachio, nut, corn, mango, orange, and lime crops are raised. Livestock farming as well as gold mining is also practiced.

The Perches commune is light in economic and financial infrastructure. Agriculture, trade and livestock represent the main economic activities. Four food-supply centers, two large shops and a photography service form the commercial and economic establishments of the commune.



Barely usable road - Perches, NE, Haiti

Like other townships within the Fort-Liberté Arrondissement, electrical and road systems are in high demand in Perches. If one wants to get to central parts of Perches, they must use hiking trails. Also lacking its own airport, Perches remains difficult to get to, especially for non-government organizations (NGO) there to start infrastructure projects.


The Ministry of the National Education of Youth and Sports is not represented in the commune of Perches. The town has no kindergarten. A public school and several private, were inventoried at the primary level. There is also a high school and three vocational schools. On the other hand, there is no Literacy center, no university, nor other colleges.


The Ministry of Public Health and Population is not represented in the Perche commune. A nurse, two auxiliary, and Eleven certified Matrons are the health staff of the commune.



Perches Police Station

The commune of Perches has six rivers, over two dozen Springs and thirteen lagoons. Only the urban section is electrified. The frequency of feeding is twelve hours on average per week.

An NGO, the Chariton Rotary Club, has initiated a plan to build wells in Perches, so decontaminated water will be available to the residents.




Fourteen churches were listed in the commune. The Baptist churches were revealed to be more numerous, six in total.


The municipality has a political representation, four Popular organizations, four peasants' groups and a womens group.


At the time of the inventory the municipality did not have a telephone office. There was no radio station, newspaper/magazine nor television station.


As for leisure, the commune has no library, museum, nor movie theater. The parish Hall serves as a theatre during the summer holidays. For monuments and sites, the municipality only has one: the fall of Dimicalain. This "fall" forming a basin known as the Saint Anthony Basin of Padua is considered a mystical and pilgrimage place. He receives the visit of many followers of the Vodun on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of each week.

Michael Vedrine


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