Haiti occupies the western half of the tropical island of Hispaniola. Surrounded by mountains in all directions, Limbé, a main crossroad and market town, is located about 80 feet above sea level, some 12 miles inland off the North coast of Haiti. About 35-40k people populate the town, with another 500,000 in the surrounding area. The Limbé River is one of the principal rivers flowing north into the Atlantic Ocean. Cap Haitian, Haiti’s second largest city, is 18 miles northeast and the capital, Port-au-Prince, is 140 miles south.
The two official languages of Haiti are French and Haitian Creole. All Haitians speak Haitian Creole, while only about 10% of the population can be considered bilingual in French and Haitian Creole. More than half of this 10% is less than fluent in French. About 90% of the population speaks Haitian Creole only.