Haitian Children

Photo ©Allison Shelley, for LWR

Haiti

It’s painful to recall the horrible earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince in January 2010. The poorest country in this hemisphere, Haiti was the country least able to handle such a shocking event.

Even before the earthquake, the majority of Haitians faced decades of problems, most of which begin and end in extreme poverty. Poor health and malnutrition, an utter lack of work opportunities, government corruption and the devastation of Haiti’s natural resources have left few options.

Through partner organizations, LWR has been working in Haiti since 1997 to attack the vicious cycle of poverty there: With limited resources for earning income, cooking food or farming, Haitians have cut down huge sections of the countries forests, making charcoal and clearing farmland. This clear-cutting disrupts rain cycles, so that the region oscillates between droughts and torrential rains. The resulting landslides and flooding destroy people’s livelihoods and infrastructure.

As in so many place where there is little clean water to drink, people spend most of their lives sick or weakened from past illness; babies often die of dehydration from diarrhea. In addition, years of corruption and dictatorships, which arise more easily when a large part of a country is poor and uneducated, stunt opportunity for people who lack power or influence.

With your support, LWR works to end this kind of human suffering in Haiti.


In the wake of the earthquake, we delivered immediate relief:

We are now committed to seeing Haiti through long-term rehabilitation.


  • Relieving hunger and malnutrition through agriculture programs that include setting up seed banks and providing technical training for farmers
  • Supporting farmer associations that will give farmers better bargaining power for buying seeds and equipment and selling crops

  • Building and distributing water filters to give people access to clean drinking water, and training locals how to maintain them

  • Getting artisans back to work and increasing their incomes through business training and helping them access credit

  • Helping establish community-based organizations that will give the poor collective power to influence their government

KEY STATISTICS

Total Population

10,032,619

TOTAL POPULATION
GNI Per Capita

$640

AVG ANNUAL INCOME
At or Below Poverty Line

77%

AT OR BELOW POVERTY LINE
Life Expectancy

61 years

LIFE EXPECTANCY
Water

55% (rural)

ACCESS TO IMPROVED WATER SOURCE
Access to Improved Sanitation

17%

ACCESS TO IMPROVED SANITATION
Source: data.worldbank.org (as of June 2011)
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