Country Overview

Capital Population Religion Economic
Christian Evangelical Voodoo HDI Rank GDP Per Capita
Port-au-Prince 10,814,000 94.8% 15.98% 2.1% 163 of 188 $813

Haiti occupies the western region of Hispaniola, a two-nation island in the Caribbean, shared with the Dominican Republic. In 1804 Haiti became the first independent nation in the Caribbean, when oppressed slaves overthrew their colonial French masters, establishing a democratic, free state. But the Haitian people have since experienced a rapid succession of calamities. Natural disasters, military coups, deep poverty, and corruption have often led the headlines.

While most Haitians claim to be Catholics, many blend their Catholicism with voodoo practices that originated in West Africa. Sacrifices and rituals are performed in the hopes that they will appease angry spirits or bring blessing from kinder spirits. Despite the demonic forces that are at work to bring disparity and fear.

Haiti is considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Most Haitians live on less than $2 per day, and two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs. Since the devastating earthquake in January of 2010, the children in Haiti have remained especially vulnerable. An estimated 2 million children affected, and many were left orphaned or badly injured.


Program Overview

Location Reach Setting Program Started
Northern Haiti 40 Communities Rural 2013

Program Impact 

  • 60 Bible study groups have been established and meet regularly
  • Community members have learned new health and hygiene practices, made lifestyle changes and have become healthier.
  • Almost 1,500 families are growing vegetables and raising chickens and goats, resulting in healthier diets and higher incomes.
  • 212 micro-businesses have been started
  • Children in 11 communities attend sports camps, spiritual lessons and receive healthy lifestyle education.

 

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Data Sources:
Population and Religion: www.joshuaproject.net
HDI Rank: hdr.undp.org/en/composite/HDI
GDP Per Capita (2015): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_IMF_ranked_countries_by_GDP