Haiti Country Overview
Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere with 59% of the population living below the poverty line. Due to the extreme level of poverty, families are often forced to make impossible decisions regarding their most basic needs. This dilemma contributes to the orphan crisis in Haiti - 8 in 10 children in orphanages have at least one living parent, but that parent is unable to financially support them. A history of governmental corruption coupled with devastating natural disasters has left Haiti in a state of despair.
Haiti At A Glance
Current Temp: 85°
The temperature in Haiti varies very little throughout the year. The average temperature is around 90°.
Roman Catholics make up 55% of the population, with Protestants making up the next largest group at 28%. Many Haitians also believe in certain elements of Voodoo.
59% of Haiti's population live below the poverty line and 25% live in extreme poverty making less than $1.90/day.
More than ⅔ of labor force in Haiti do not have formal jobs.
Human Development Index:
Compares health/life expectancy, education and per capita income to measure a country’s average achievement in terms of human development.
49.3% of total population is undernourished
$1 USD = 111 Haitian Gourde (HTG)
Haiti’s population is 95% black; they trace their roots to African slaves who were brought to the island centuries ago. In the late 1700’s, these slaves became the first to successfully revolt and end France’s rule.
8/10 kids who are in the orphanage system have one or both of their parents living. Many parents believe their child may have a chance at a better life in an orphanage.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with nearly 60% of the population living under the national poverty line. Much of the economy depends on agriculture, which is frequently vulnerable to natural disasters. Additionally, more than two-thirds of the workforce do not have formal jobs.