Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. An estimated 60 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, searching for enough food to eat, clean water to drink, and a safe place to live.
Haiti is a bleak place for children. One-fifth of all Haitian children suffer from malnutrition, and 70 of every 1,000 children die before reaching their fifth birthday. Life expectancy is a mere 61 years for men and 66 years for women.
Clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing is in short supply, which continues to fuel the spread of various waterborne diseases.
With so many families focused merely on survival, many Haitian children never get the chance to receive even a basic education. Haiti’s literacy rate is a dismal 60 percent.
Food For The Poor began working to help the poor of Haiti in 1986. Today, the organization is one of the country’s largest providers of emergency relief and sustainable development projects.