During 2015, a combination of poor rains and rising fertilizer and seed costs significantly impacted food production in Haiti. According to a report from the Ministry of Agriculture, harvests dropped to one third of normal yields last year. A lack of enough food resulted in 26% of children ages 5 and under suffering from chronic malnutrition. World Vision responded to the food security crisis by training 6,568 farmers on improved techniques for higher yields. Clinics also received vitamin supplements that boosted the health of underweight children. Over 100,000 children and adults attended hygiene trainings about how to prevent waterborne illnesses that exacerbate malnutrition.
The rate of unemployment also remains extremely high in Haiti. Continuous devaluations of the Haitian monetary unit led to high inflation and made goods unaffordable for vulnerable families. To address the situation, 3,000 people were provided with business development training, as well as access to start-up funding, in order to get new enterprises off the ground and earning much-needed family income.
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.
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for
by their families, and participating in their communities
as agents of transformation.
We trained parents and community members on child rights, the importance of birth certificates, and gender equality. We also established child protection committees to support child protection and report cases of abuse.
We provided opportunities for children to participate in children's clubs, as well as workshops where they learned about civic responsibility and taking action to improve their communities.
In order to improve household resiliency and increase income, we helped organize and strengthen savings groups, and supported families with livestock to provide food and a source of income.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished,
protected from infection and disease, and have access to
essential health services.
To improve the health and development of children, we provided training for mothers in preventive health practices such as exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and feeding toddlers a variety of nutrient-rich foods.
We trained families in hygiene practices and water treatment methods in order to improve health and protect against waterborne illnesses such as cholera.
To increase awareness of HIV and AIDS, we conducted age-appropriate awareness sessions on reproductive health and HIV and AIDS prevention for children, youth, and adults.
We ensured nutritional resilience of vulnerable households by supporting them to access local foods, which strengthens their safety in addition to stimulating their economy.
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 prepare young men and women for the future, we provided them with vocational training, business classes, and computer skills.
Teachers were trained in improved teaching methods to help increase the number of children who complete primary school.
To help children develop a variety of skills and build relationships with peers, we supported opportunities for children to engage in activities such as music, dance, Bible study, and sports.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local
churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways,
and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
Relying on God’s grace and Spirit, our local staff served children and families as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love, seeking always to be faithful ambassadors of Jesus, the reason for our hope.
Prayer Requests from Haiti
World Vision's staff in Haiti are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Malnourished children to receive food and medical care.
New work opportunities and income for parents to be able to care for their children.