One in ten children in Haiti is acutely malnourished and one in five is underweight. One in 14 will die before reaching the age of 5.
Malnutrition in Haiti is the result of many factors, including endemic poverty brought on by the nearly 80% unemployment rate, and primitive agricultural practices that prevent farmers from growing enough nutritious food to feed their families. Haiti has endured centuries of political unrest, foreign occupations, corruption, and natural disasters, leaving the country weakened and families vulnerable.
After winning its independence from France in 1804, Haiti has struggled to survive, and now finds itself with a broken-down infrastructure, no jobs and few opportunities for its people to improve their standard of living. More than 9 million people live in Haiti; over a third of them are under age 14.
Now the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti’s literacy rate is only 50%. The World Bank estimates that 86% of educated Haitians have left the country, looking for a better life and taking with them the knowledge their country needs to face its many challenges and prosper.
With an average household income of around $400 a year, 76% of Haitians live on less than $2 per day.