The 2010 Haiti earthquake was the most destructive natural disaster in the history of this poverty-stricken, disaster-prone country. Of the 3 million people affected, 1.5 million were left homeless. Haitians continue to recover and rebuild, despite recurring hazards, including hurricanes, and cholera.
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.
- Through education campaigns, parents and community members learned about children's safety concerns and their right to protection. At the training, participants committed to work to end violence against children in their community.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Children are safer from diseases after World Vision led a de-worming campaign where students received the medicine they need.
- Children and their families have better access to healthcare after 150 health stations were built and mobile clinics were utilized in Haiti.
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.
- Vulnerable children received support so that they could access education. They also received school kits enabling them to attend school while also reducing the financial burden on their family.
- More students have access to resources that help them improve their reading skills. Reading clubs were established and supplemental reading support helped those who were struggling the most.
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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