Cleveland, Haiti Express Brotherhood Through Sister Cities

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This is Haiti.
  • This is Haiti.

Back in February, a group of local good Samaritans shelled out $8,500 for Haiti earthquake relief at a Rock Hall fundraiser. Last week councilman Zack Reed flew to Washington, D.C., to hand over the donation and meet with Haitian Ambassador Raymond Alcide Joseph.

Turns out the ambassador was so impressed — $8,500 in Haiti buys you the politician of your choice — he proposed Cleveland become a sister city with a Haitian town.

Reed doesn’t know yet if we’ll be teaming with Port-Au-Prince or another burg in the crumbled Caribbean nation, but whoever ends up pledging fealty with us joins a close-knit inner circle that includes Alexandria, Egypt; Bangalore, India; and Volgograd, Russia.

Reed also extended an invite for Joseph to visit Cleveland.

“I’m hoping [the visit] will be next January or February,” Reed says. “That way we can hear the updates of where they’re at and hopefully do another round of donations.” — Kyle Swenson

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