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.

  • 29,858 housing units have been built in Haiti since 1995
  • Food For The Poor offers daily feeding programs
  • Food For The Poor installed 870 water wells
  • There are 40 fishing villages in full operation

More About Our Work

In 2017, Food For The Poor reached its goal to build 1,000 housing units in 100 days for families whose homes were destroyed in Haiti’s southern peninsula by the impact of Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 4, 2016. Category 4-strength winds of 145 mph claimed more than 1,000 lives. The hurricane also destroyed crops, damaged schools, swept away livestock and cut off transportation. Since the hurricane, Food For The Poor has shipped more than 150 tractor-trailer loads of lifesaving aid, including food, medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, building materials and other goods. Food For The Poor also has provided more than 850 goats and 135 cows to families who lost their animals to Hurricane Matthew.

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. In 2017, Food For The Poor built 3,012 housing units. Since 1995, a total of 29,858 housing units have been built in Haiti, and 17,434 of these housing units were built following the January 2010 earthquake.
  • In 2017, Food For The Poor shipped 1,502 tractor-trailer loads of needed supplies such as food, healthcare, and educational supplies. In addition to the 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.
  • Food For The Poor has installed 120 water wells in 2017 for a total of 870 water wells in Haiti.
  • With the help of Water Missions International, Food For The Poor has installed a total of 151 water filtration units. Each unit purifies and chlorinates up to 10,000 gallons of water a day.
  • Food For The Poor works with 26 orphanages as part of the Angels Of Hope program. Through this program, 1,385 children have shelter, are getting an education and are receiving loving care.
  • Food For The Poor provides schools with computers, furniture, textbooks, uniforms, and educational material, and supplies. The charity has built 114 schools in Haiti, 44 of which were built or replaced since the 2010 earthquake.
  • 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 40 fishing villages in full operation in a variety of coastal locations.
    • A total of 74 aquaculture ponds (including tilapia and basa) have been completed. Haiti’s Pangasius farming is thriving and continues to distribute fingerlings to areas throughout the country.
    • Nearly 50 projects are geared toward the management of chickens, goats, cows, fruit trees and vegetable farms.
    • Food For The Poor has distributed nearly a million 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. The third Victory Garden project is in progress.
    • In 2012, Food For The Poor established a beekeeping program in Haiti, which is an income-generating project. It now provides employment for 200 beekeepers and revenue from the sale of honey. There are currently 25 beekeeping farms throughout the country.
    • Animal husbandry projects provide individual families with their own animals to breed and consume — predominantly goats, chickens and cows.

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.

The Food For The Poor Prison Ministry Program is helping to transform lives in Haiti. Since the program’s inception in 1998, the charity has assisted in freeing and reintroducing nonviolent prisoners back into their communities as productive citizens twice a year, during the Easter and Christmas seasons. In 2017, a total of 336 nonviolent prisoners were freed after Food For The Poor paid their fines.