This booklet is a basic introduction to the people, history, and culture of Haiti. It is designed primarily for service providers and others assisting refugees in their new communities in the United States. The principal writer is Michele Burtoff Civan, a linguist and teacher trainer with many years of experience in the field of refugee education. In 1985, she conducted a study on the relationship between Haitian Creole literacy and ESL proficiency among adult Haitians. Two Haitian-Americans, Gepsie Morisset-Metellus and Fequiere Vilsaint, also contributed to this fact sheet.
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The research described in this report was commissioned by the Haitian