Haiti is the poorest country in the Northern Hemisphere with over 58% of its population living below the poverty line. When most people think of Haiti they think of the devastating 7.0 earthquake that hit the country in 2010, but the country’s turbulent history saw people living in dire poverty long before then, with 1.9 million people needing food assistance pre 2010. Today 2 out of 3 Haitians live on less than $2 per day, over 50% of people don’t have access to safe drinking water, only 25% have adequate sanitation and almost a quarter of children are involved in child labour.
We support the children of the orphanages through Child Sponsorship which goes to help the overall running of the organisation that provides the children with the loving home they so desperately need. All the children that live there get regular nutritious food, access to an education and medical care when it is available in the country. For the disabled children there is music, massage & water therapy so that they are able to live as full a life as possible. As well as Child Sponsorship we are also able to help in extra situations including raising over £12,000 after the earthquake to help to rebuild the orphanages, buying land to build dormitories, as well as providing chicken coops and chickens.