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.

  • 19,154 homes have been built in Haiti since 1995
  • Food For The Poor offers daily feeding programs
  • Food For The Poor installed 908 water wells
  • There are 43 fishing villages in full operation

More About Our Work

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. Food For The Poor’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. Food For The Poor-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. A truckload of medicines were shipped to the Alma Mater Hospital of the Catholic Church in Gros-Morne, the Bereca Hospital of the Evangelical Baptist Union of Haiti, in Pointe de Palmistes, and the Immaculate Conception Hospital, in Port-de-Paix.

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. Food For The Poor shipped more than 150 containers of lifesaving aid, including food, medical supplies, building materials and other goods. Food For The Poor also provided more than 850 goats and 135 cows to families who lost their animals.

Food For The Poor began its work in Haiti in 1986. This long tenure allowed the organization to respond immediately to the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. Food For The Poor quickly came 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 was activated during the October 2010 cholera outbreak.

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. 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, 19,154 homes have been built in Haiti, with 10,810 of these homes having been built since the January 2010 earthquake. In 2019, Food For The Poor built 916 homes.
  • In 2019, Food For The Poor shipped 1,138 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 2019, Food For The Poor installed 103 water wells for a total of 908 water wells in Haiti. With the help of Water Mission, Food For The Poor has installed a total of 168 water filtration units across Haiti. Each unit purifies and chlorinates up to 10,000 gallons of water a day.
  • Food For The Poor works with 24 children’s homes as part of the Angels Of Hope program. Through this program 1,200 orphaned or abandoned 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 materials, and supplies. The charity has built 140 schools in Haiti, 66 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 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 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 eggplants, 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 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, Food For The Poor funds the operating expenses at other medical centers and builds facilities in areas without 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 2019, Food For The Poor paid the fines of 208 nonviolent prisoners from 12 different prisons.

    The population is approximately 11 million residents. The languages are French and Creole. Catholic is their largest religious denomination. The currency is the Haitian gourde and the GDP per capita is $1,800.