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.
Stories From Haiti
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
I learned of the 2021 Haiti earthquake when my phone began to buzz just past 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. A colleague I had worked with in Haiti told me the news – that the Caribbean island had just been hit with a massive earthquake, registering 7.2 – an even