Jobs are scarce in this area and agriculture is difficult due to vast droughts and inadequate irrigation. It is the far north of the country, some 7-9 hours road trip from the capital: Port-au-Prince. The only main road which runs north/south through the country is a very rocky path that goes through several rivers and over mountainsides. The soil is also extensively eroded due to widespread deforestation. During times of heavy rains in the region, the narrow rivers overflow, causing flash floods that destroy feeble homes and claim many lives. The families are asked to contribute to the school through tuition, but due to extensive poverty, the yearly tuition collection is limited to US $50-$100 for a school year, if any can be collected at all. Population of the parish is approximately 85,000 people.
Many people, in the area lack adequate nutrition. The main difficulties for children are malnutrition and as a result childhood diseases can be life threatening. Medical care is mostly inaccessible to them as the priests indicate there is one doctor per 100,000 people in Haiti.