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.
- 23,898 double-unit homes have been built in Haiti since 1995
- Food For The Poor offers daily feeding programs
- Food For The Poor installed 624 water wells
- There are 42 fishing villages in full operation
More About Our Work
Food For The Poor's long tenure in Haiti 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.
As of June 30, 2015, nearly 66,000 people had 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 is continuing to deliver aid.
Among the dozens of programs Food For The Poor supports in Haiti are: 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. Other projects include:
- 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 has raised attendance by as much as 25%.
- There are 42 fishing villages in full operation in a variety of coastal locations.
- A total of 70 aquaculture ponds (including Tilapia and Basa) have been completed throughout the country with various future sites being considered for aquaculture projects.
- More than 40 Food For The Poor projects in Haiti are geared toward production of other food products – chickens, goats, cows, fruit trees, and vegetable farms.
- Food For The Poor had distributed more than 770,000 fruit trees. In addition to helping small sustenance 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 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 eggplants, peanuts and corn.
- In 2012, Food For The Poor established a beekeeping program in Haiti, which serves as an income-generating project, providing employment for 170 beekeepers and revenue from the sale of honey. There are currently 15 bee-farms throughout the country. The program will be expanding in 2016.
- 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.
- In 1995, Food For The Poor began a housing program and began building homes in Cite Soleil. Since then, 23,898 double-unit homes have been built in Haiti, 5,900 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.
- Water is a critical need. Food For The Poor installed 624 water wells, and with the help of Water Missions International, has installed a total of 126 water filtration units plus three chlorinators since 2010. Each unit purifies and chlorinates up to 10,000 gallons of water a day.
Food For The Poor works with 19 orphanages as part of the Angels Of Hope program. Through this program, 1,100 children receive shelter, an education and loving care.
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.
In 2015, Food For The Poor shipped 1,194 tractor-trailer loads of needed supplies to Haiti.