Facts About Our work in Haiti

Food For The Poor began its work in Haiti in 1986. There are dozens of projects underway in Haiti. Food For The Poor’s biggest project in Haiti is building homes.

  • 25,806 double-unit homes have been built in Haiti since 1995
  • Food For The Poor offers daily feeding programs
  • Food For The Poor installed 668 water wells
  • There are 46 fishing villages in full operation

More About Our Work

In June 2016, Food For The Poor celebrated the inauguration of the new Guy Alexandre Village at Petite Riviere de l'Artibonite in Artibonite, Haiti. This community of 155 homes, built by generous donors of Food For The Poor, was in response to desperate pleas from families lingering in limbo due to the border crisis between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

At the heart of the Guy Alexandre Village at Petite Riviere de l'Artibonite is a community center that serves as a place of worship and as a professional training school with workshops. The village has five communal waste-water treatment systems, 20 solar-powered street lamps to provide light and safety. A hen house with 850 egg-laying chickens and an enclosure for 140 goats also have been installed. Since access to clean water is vital in the prevention of waterborne illnesses, Food For The Poor established a community reservoir that can store 10,000 gallons of potable water that is accessible via three water kiosks located across the village.

In 2015, more than 66,000 people arrived in Haiti from the Dominican Republic, according to the reports by the governments of Haiti and the D.R., which share a border on the island of Hispaniola. The situation is the result of a change in the D.R.’s Constitutional Court in 2013, which removed citizenship from anyone born after 1929 who doesn’t have one parent of Dominican blood. The country later decided that those affected could apply for a residency permit, with a deadline of Feb. 1, 2015. The number of people crossing from the Dominican Republic into Haiti has slowed, but those who have arrived are in desperate need of assistance. Food For The Poor continues to deliver aid to families living in the makeshift communities along the border.

Food For The Poor began its work in Haiti in 1986. This long tenure allowed the organization to respond immediately when the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake devastated the country. Food For The Poor was able to quickly come to the aid of the people of Haiti because there were goods in the Port-au-Prince warehouse, containers already were cleared in the port, and more containers were on the way when the earthquake hit. The same rapid response Food For The Poor took during the earthquake crisis was activated when news of the October 2010 cholera outbreak reached Food For The Poor.

There are dozens of projects underway in Haiti. These projects include: aquaculture, animal husbandry, agricultural development, orphan-support projects, housing, sanitation, community development, water improvement, school construction and support, feeding program support, fishing villages, alternative energy, and medical improvement. Food For The Poor’s biggest project in Haiti is building homes.

  • In 1995, Food For The Poor began a housing program and began building homes in Cite Soleil. Since then, 25,806 housing units have been built in Haiti, more than 13,494 of them since the earthquake in January 2010. These sturdy homes provide the poor with shelter, safety and hope for the future.
  • In addition to the Food For The Poor daily feeding programs, tractor-trailer loads of food (such as rice, beans, flour, powdered milk and oil) are distributed to a variety of organizations throughout the country. Schools, hospitals, orphanages and churches depend on these items to carry out feeding programs and for distribution to local families. As of August 2016, Food For The Poor shipped 737 tractor-trailer loads of needed supplies to Haiti.
  • Food For The Poor has installed 668 water wells in Haiti.
  • With the help of Water Missions International, Food For The Poor has installed a total of 134 water filtration units. Each unit purifies and chlorinates up to 10,000 gallons of water a day.
  • Food For The Poor works with 20 orphanages as part of the Angels Of Hope program. Through this program, more than 1,163 children receive shelter, an education and loving care.
  • Because having an education can help break the chains of poverty, Food For The Poor provides schools with computers, furniture, textbooks, uniforms, and educational materials and supplies. The organization builds and repairs schools, and funds the operating expenses of several institutions, including feeding programs that have raised attendance by as much as 25 percent.
  • Self-sufficiency projects are vital to Haiti’s future. Fishing villages and aquaculture projects are providing residents with new food sources, and whole communities with a gainful source of income.

    • There are 46 fishing villages in full operation in a variety of coastal locations.
    • A total of 74 aquaculture ponds (including tilapia and basa) have been completed throughout the country, with various future sites being considered for aquaculture projects.
    • More than 47 Food For The Poor projects in Haiti are geared toward management of chickens, goats, cows, fruit trees and vegetable farms.
    • Food For The Poor has distributed more than 800,000 fruit trees in Haiti. In addition to helping subsistence farmers, these projects help villages set up community farms where residents can enjoy harvests of peppers, corn, and other healthy vegetables.
    • In 2015, a generous Food For The Poor donor established a Victory Garden in Hinche, which is located in the Central Plateau, on 18 acres of land. Victory Garden is currently producing a variety of vegetables, including egg plants, peanuts and corn. There are two additional Victory Garden projects in progress.
    • In 2012, Food For The Poor established a beekeeping program in Haiti, which serves as an income-generating project, and provides employment for 180 beekeepers and revenue from the sale of honey. There are currently 17 beekeeping farms throughout the country.
    • Animal husbandry projects provide individual families with their own animals to breed and consume – predominantly goats, chickens and cows. In addition, farms are being established to raise strong, healthy animals to perpetuate the distribution process.

Medical care is unaffordable for the masses in Haiti, and those living in rural areas suffer the most. In addition to operating a clinic at our warehouse compound in Port-au-Prince, Food For The Poor funds the operating expenses at other medical centers and builds facilities in areas that previously did not have access to health care. Food For The Poor also serves Haiti through donations of goods. Shipments to Haiti include: food, health care, and educational supplies.