Facts About Our work in Haiti
Food For The Poor (FFTP) began its work in Haiti in 1986. This long tenure allowed the organization to respond immediately to the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. The same rapid response was activated during the October 2010 cholera outbreak and subsequent events over last decade, including the unprecedented pandemic, COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. By mid-March, FFTP airfreighted five pallets of antimicrobial wipes, gloves, masks, protective suits, bars of soap, facial tissues, and medical waste bags. The supplies were donated to FFTP by Gleaning For The World, one of the charity’s partners.
Since March, FFTP has shifted its efforts to providing food for families affected by the coronavirus.
Four special request projects have been established to feed 10,000 families with a food basket of supplies to last for a month. Most of the families have five or more members.
Emergency Relief Projects:
- Urgent Response–COVID-19 Water Wells
- Food Basket Distributions–COVID-19 South-Grand’Anse-Nippes
- Food Basket Distributions–COVID-19 West
- Prosperity Catalyst Haiti–COVID-19 Response
- Food Distribution–COVID-19 FCC (Father Chuck’s Challenge)
- SR Food Kit Distributions–COVID-19 Barriere Battant-Vialet
By the end of June, there were more than 5,800 coronavirus cases according to worldometers.info throughout the country, but that number is expected to increase. FFTP is responding to spiking hunger and poverty rates due to the coronavirus, but the already dire conditions are becoming even worse.
Thousands of Haitian workers returning from the Dominican Republic is expected to spark an outbreak in cases of coronavirus. At the same time, the country is dealing with lingering violence and protests, sparked last year by people upset with the government over inflation, and food and fuel shortages. Despite the challenges, FFTP-Haiti staffers are increasing food distributions. The charity has purchased food through local partners to feed 4,000 families in three extremely impoverished areas.
On Oct. 6, 2018, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Hundreds of structures were damaged and 18 people killed according to published reports. FFTP's Florida headquarters airfreighted pallets of kerosene stoves, canned sausages, blankets, flashlights with batteries, personal hygiene kits and pallets of tarps to the charity’s offices in Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien. FFTP-Haiti sent truckloads of food, medicines and hygiene items from Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien to the three emergency centers in the northwest part of the country.
Hurricane Matthew ripped across Haiti’s southern peninsula on Oct. 4, 2016. The impact of the Category 4 hurricane with its winds of 145 mph claimed more than 1,000 lives. FFTP shipped more than 150 containers of lifesaving aid, including food, medical supplies, building materials and other goods. FFTP also provided more than 850 goats and 135 cows to families who lost their animals.
There are dozens of projects underway in Haiti. These projects include: aquaculture, animal husbandry, agricultural development, support of orphaned or abandoned children, housing, sanitation, community development, water improvement, school construction and support, feeding program support, fishing villages, alternative energy, and medical improvement. FFTP's biggest project in Haiti is building homes.
- In 1995, FFTP began a housing program and began building homes in Cite Soleil. Since then, 19,561 homes have been built in Haiti, with 11,217 of these homes having been built since the January 2010 earthquake. In the first six months of 2020, FFTP built 407 homes.
- In the first six months of 2020, FFTP shipped 529 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.
- In the first six months of 2020, FFTP installed 72 water wells for a total of 980 water wells in Haiti. With the help of Water Mission, FFTP has installed a total of 169 water filtration units across Haiti. Each unit purifies and chlorinates up to 10,000 gallons of water a day.
- FFTP works with 24 children’s homes as part of the Angels Of Hope program. Through this program 1,072 orphaned or abandoned children have shelter, are getting an education and are receiving loving care.
- FTTP provides schools with computers, furniture, textbooks, uniforms, and educational materials, and supplies. The charity has built 144 schools in Haiti, 70 of which were built or replaced since the 2010 earthquake.
- FFTP has partnered with P4H Global Education Initiative in Haiti, which is a pilot project designed to improve the quality of education through a three-year intervention program. The program will address the educational needs of the Haitian community by empowering teachers and school leaders to develop classroom environments that support student success. This initiative is expected to launch in September.
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 43 fishing villages in operation.
- A total of 75 aquaculture ponds (including basa) have been completed. Haiti's Pangasius farming is thriving and continues to distribute fingerlings to areas throughout the country.
- Nearly 60 projects are geared toward the management of chickens, goats, cows, fruit trees and vegetable farms.
- In 2015, a generous 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 eggplants, peanuts and corn. The third Victory Garden project is in progress.
- In 2012, FFTP established a beekeeping program in Haiti, which is an income-generating project. It now provides employment for more than 700 beekeepers and revenue from the sale of honey. There are 50 bee 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 and those living in rural areas suffer the most. In addition to operating a clinic at our warehouse compound in Port-au-Prince, FFTP funds the operating expenses at other medical centers and builds facilities in areas without access to health care.
The charity's Prison Ministry Program is helping to transform lives in Haiti. Since the program’s inception in 1998, the charity has assisted in freeing and reintegrating nonviolent prisoners to their communities as productive citizens twice a year, during the Easter and Christmas seasons. For Easter 2020, FFTP paid the fines of 42 nonviolent prisoners from four different prisons.
The population is approximately 11 million residents. The languages are French and Creole. Catholicism is the largest religion. The currency is the Haitian gourde and the GDP per capita is $1,800.