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Haiti is located on the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean. It occupies the western three-eighths of the island, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. It is the most populous country in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the second-most populous country in the Caribbean as a whole. Haiti has a unique cultural identity consisting of a large blend of traditional customs of French and African, mixed with sizable contributions from the Spanish and indigenous Taíno culture. Despite having a viable tourist industry, Haiti is one of the world’s poorest countries and the poorest in the Americas region. The economy receded due to the 2010 earthquake and subsequent outbreak of Cholera.

  • Capital: Port-au-Prince
  • Population: 10.98 million
  • Language: French and Creole
  • Gourds were so important to the Haitian people that in 1807, President Henri Christophe made them the base of national currency. Today, the Haitian currency is called “gourdes.”

Our History in Haiti

In 1971, shortly after Food for the Hungry (FH) was founded, they began working in emergency response. FH officially began operating there in 2008 responding to health needs. Since then, FH has focused efforts on community development and other areas of need to improve living conditions, including rebuilding after a major earthquake, which killed 230,000 people, and starting an HIV/AIDS prevention and care program in Port-au-Prince.

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Stories From Haiti

Counseling Initiative Helps Youth in Haiti Relieve Stress From Displacement

Counseling Initiative Helps Youth in Haiti Relieve Stress

Food for the Hungry (FH) continues to provide emergency aid in Haiti in response to gang violence displacing communities. In December 2022, Belleview La Montagne (BLM) communities, an area outside of Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, experienced devastating conflict and gang violence, including kidnapping, assassination, and social disturbance, causing highly stressful


Haiti Earthquake: You Made Our Response and Recovery Possible

Devastation and mourning were everywhere when teams from Food for the Hungry (FH) braved rough roads to reach the disaster zone in southern Haiti. The nightmare scene was the aftermath of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. And tropical storm Grace followed almost immediately. But today, the world looks very different for Haiti’s


Key Challenges

45% of the rural population does not have access to clean water | Around 150,000 Haitians live with HIV/AIDS | Almost 60% of Haitians live below the national poverty line of $2.41 a day

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Gift Policy:
You may send small, flat paper-based items that can fit into a standard #10 size envelope, have a value of less than $5 dollars and weigh less than 4 ounces. We ask that you send small, flat items of this size because shipping is expensive and even small gift items can cause issues clearing customs.
You can send postcards or photographs, however, we ask that you visit here for more details about culturally appropriate guidelines for photos and other images. Please write the child’s ID # on the back of each item that you enclose with your letter to ensure that it reaches him/her.
Best gifts to send your sponsored child:
  • Paper dolls
  • Postcards
  • Pictures of yourself or family
  • Sports cards, individual cards (baseball, soccer, football)
  • Stickers (flat, paper-based, only a few at a time)
  • Paper-based simple bookmarks, stationery, drawing, or writing paper (single sheets)
  • Coloring pages (single sheets, not books)
  • Please do NOT send:
  • Monetary gifts
  • Liquids, candy, or food
  • Batteries or magnets
Please note, all items should be compliant with airline transport and safety regulations. Gifts that don’t meet the gift policy will be donated to a local Christian non-profit organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that works with low-income families. We will not be able to return them.