10 Powerful Facts
1. Since the World Bank began keeping its Most Fragile States list, Haiti has been a fixture on it. For over 15 years and with foci of economic participation, community engagement, education, and leadership development that foster hope and sustainability with dignity, HTF has been working to get Haiti off that list.
2. Sixty children under the age of five will die in Haiti today. HTF is stopping this shameful loss of the most vulnerable specifically through its efforts in the Central Plateau and Jacmel environs.
3. There are 300,000 restaveks (child slaves) in Haiti mainly because of parents who are too desperately poor to raise their own children. The going price to buy a child is about $50. Every year 2000 children are trafficked to the Dominican Republic to work the sugar plantations. By attending to eradicating the worst kind of poverty in the Central Plateau and by uniting the most vulnerable children in the Jacmel area with extended families, HTF is reducing child trafficking.
4. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of all Haitians live off of less than $2 per day. Fifty-four percent (54%) live off of less than 50 cents per day. By creating job skill and through developing enterprises among the very poor, HTF is creating economic opportunity.
5. Half of the children in Haiti under five years old are malnourished. The daily caloric intake for all Haitians is 24% below established minimum norms making Haiti the hungriest state in the world. HTF is changing that with the most vulnerable with whom we walk, providing agricultural enterprises in the Plateau Central, two meals a days in HTF-sponsored schools, and gardens for the children of Tetkole to grow their own food.
6. Haiti’s child mortality and maternal mortality rates are the highest in the Western Hemisphere because of lack of access to clean water. All HTF-sponsored CLM members in the Central Plateau and thousands of families in the Southeast Department have access to clean water.
7. Thirty percent (30%) of all Haitian children never attend school, only 20% ever finish elementary school, and less than 1% graduate from high school. HTF is changing through its sponsored school, Lekòl sen Trinitè, in the Jacmel area, providing for education in all its sponsored centers, and making it possible for all CLM mothers to be able to send their children to school in the Central Plateau.
8. Eighty-five percent (85%) of all Haitians with a college degree do not live in Haiti, creating a devastating brain drain. HTF is changing this through the Haitian Education and Leadership Program. Not only is the HELP initiative creating an educating professional class from the poor, 84% of all HELP graduates stay in Haiti with deep commitment to change their country.
9. Following the devastating earthquake of January 2010, HTF’s grassroots networks enable it to immediate respond with a full medical and humanitarian relief effort in the Southeast Department, shuttling supplies and emergency relief personnel by sea from the Dominican Republic that worked to save thousands of lives, stopped amputations of limbs, and provided basic humanitarian aid.
10. When the world’s attention was attuned to the disaster in Haiti in 2010, the US Peace Corps named HTF as one of five recommended initiatives for persons to donate.