AND CHILDREN'S HOME
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere
and the third hungriest in the world. Tens of thousands of orphan
children live alone on the streets of Haiti or are restaveks (child
servants who are often treated as slaves). 20% of Haitian children under
the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition, and 50% are unable to
attend school. 50% of Haitians are illiterate, in spite of the fact that
it only costs about $100 a year to educate a Haitian child. Remarkably,
only 20% will have the opportunity to go beyond the sixth grade in school.
With unemployment at 40.6%, the average Haitian family has only one meal a day to eat. Many don't have the $1 a day it costs to buy rice and beans, so they must eat “dirt cakes” that are comprised of clay, salt, and vegetable shortening. These dirt cakes cost only a few cents per day. Dirt cakes do quiet the hunger pangs temporarily, but they are often full of intestinal parasites that flourish in the digestive tract and devour up to 25% of nutrients from any food eaten. 90% of Haitians do not have running water or indoor plumbing, 80% lack adequate sanitation, 70% do not have electricity and 50% do not have access to clean water for drinking or bathing.
Please pray about opening your heart to get involved with your time, talents and resources. We welcome you to visit us and see for yourself that, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few."