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Why World Vision is in Haiti
Years of political volatility and crippling natural disasters have hurt Haiti’s economy. In May 2018, people protested in Port-au-Prince, the capital, because of the government’s attempt to end existing fuel subsidies. Businesses and schools went on strike, and ultimately the entire government was replaced because of the disruption. Resulting political instability rocked an already shaky country. National pride was boosted, though, when a Haitian team represented the first ever Caribbean participation in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The fuel increase strikes and instability jeopardized basics like food, as businesses and social infrastructure were affected. Prolonged drought and ongoing impact from previous natural disasters leave many families unsure where their next meal will come from. Gender inequality is high, especially in governmental or high-ranking jobs. And gender-based violence poses a significant problem, partly because no specific laws against domestic violence or sexual harassment exist. Child labor is widely accepted in Haiti, although the U.N. has condemned the practice. An in-country report found that about half of Haitians over 15 are illiterate, due in part to a number of schools that are prohibitively expensive for many people. Thanks to the support of our donors, over 500,000 Haitian children’s lives are changing. Along with partners, we improved children’s health by making sure they’re dewormed. More people gained access to sustainable sources of clean water, so they don’t suffer from waterborne diseases. We equipped communities to build sanitation facilities so diseases aren’t spread. Kids in need are getting lunches at school, so they can focus better on their studies. Protecting children, empowering families to raise kids with love, and equipping vulnerable people to find stable livelihoods are all ways we’re continuing to support the people of Haiti.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Haiti
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- Representatives from child protection committees and local elected officials in Haiti were trained on disaster management, and protecting children during an emergency. In response to Hurricane Irma, which hit Haiti in 2017, the workshops focused on preparation and response related to hurricanes.
- Community leaders and parents were trained about positive discipline and discouraging corporal punishing through showing parents about alternatives to violence against children. This training gives parents the tools to make their homes more caring and supportive.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Children in Haiti experienced access to improved water, sanitation and hygiene services. New latrines were installed at schools and awareness campaigns were spearheaded to show families how to treat their water and how to construct latrines at home.
- Through a collaboration with the ministry of health in Haiti, logistical and financial support was provided to mobile clinics and schools. De-worming campaigns were implemented and aimed at improving health and nutrition by combating intestinal parasites through providing de-worming medication. Parents were also taught how to prevent transmission of the disease.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- To improve literacy skills in Haiti, teachers were trained in new educational methods targeting reading comprehension. To encourage reading at home and keep reading skills updated during the summer vacation months, summer writing circles were organized and reading camps were established and lead by trained parent volunteers.
Prayer Requests from Haiti
World Vision's staff in Haiti are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Stability and security, especially for our staff and families, churches, and Christian organizations.
Commitment from all who we’re working with to end violence against children, especially religious and government leaders.
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