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You are making a difference in the life of a precious child!

Now that you are sponsoring a child through Food for the Hungry (FH), we’d love for you to learn more about what their life is like in Haiti.

Haiti is located on the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles islands  in the Caribbean. It occupies the western three-eighths of the island, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. It is the second-most populous country in the Caribbean. Haiti has a unique cultural identity consisting of a large blend of traditional French and African customs, 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.

Home Life

  • Rice and beans are considered the national dish and are the most commonly eaten foods, along with traditional rural staples of sweet potatoes, manioc, yams, corn, peas, bread, and coffee.
  • Popular desserts include sugarcane, mangoes, and candies made from peanut and sesame clusters with melted brown sugar.
  • Haitians typically eat two meals a day: a small breakfast followed by a large afternoon meal. 
  • Households are typically made of a nuclear family and adopted children or young relatives. The elderly often live with their children and grandchildren. 
  • Haiti’s landscape is dotted with homes that vary from one region to another. Most houses are single-story, with two rooms and a front porch. When owners can afford it, homes are often painted in pastel colors or with mystic symbols on the walls.

School and Education

  • Education is a big part of social prestige. At the very least, most rural parents try to send their children to primary school. 
  • In Haiti, parents spend on average $130 every year to send their child to school. More than 200,000 children remain out of school. 
  • In rural areas, children may go to school on donkeys or trod worn paths through Haitian mountains. Those living in cities and towns may ride a motorbike or walk with friends. 
  • Students in Haiti wear uniforms, often pink or blue, and schoolgirls often wear ribbons in their braided hair.

Haitian Culture 

  • When entering someone else’s property, Haitians often shout out “onè(honor), and the host is expected to reply “respè” (respect).
  • Greetings are especially important in rural areas, where people who meet on the road or in a town say hello many times before engaging in conversation. 
  • Men shake hands on meeting and departing, men and women kiss on the cheek when greeting, women kiss each other on the cheek, and rural women kiss female friends on the lips as a display of friendship.
  • One distinctive Haitian style of music is “Twoubadou,” a genre of music that uses the guitar and singer-songwriter telling a story about life and love. The word “Twoubadou” is a Haitian Creole word derived from “troubadour,” the name for a medieval musician in the royal courts.

Country Facts and Challenges

  • Population: 10,711,000
  • Language: French and Creole
  • Life Expectancy at Birth: 64
  • Adult Literacy Rate: 49%
  • Infant Mortality: 54 deaths per 1,000 live births
  • Maternal Mortality: 359 deaths per 100,000 live births
  • Stunting: 22%

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and the least developed in the Western Hemisphere. The country is highly vulnerable to natural disasters such as droughts, floods, severe storms, and earthquakes. It is estimated that 2.5 million Haitians live in extreme poverty, over 66% live on less than $2 a day, and half of the population earns less than $1 per day.

FH in Haiti

In 1971, shortly after being founded, Food for the Hungry (FH) began working in emergency response in Haiti. In 2008, FH officially began operating in the country by 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 and starting an HIV/AIDS prevention and care program in Port-au-Prince.

Because you are a child sponsor, 

  • You are strengthening livelihoods and food security for families through agriculture projects, livestock breeding, clean water distribution, and savings groups. 
  • You are increasing agricultural income and diversifying diets through the distribution of different seeds, fruit and non-fruit trees, goats, guinea pigs, and rabbits. Additionally, you are helping communities grow and process coffee.
  • You are improving nutrition, hygiene, and healthy behaviors among thousands of women and caregivers of children under 5 years old through care groups. You are also supporting the implementation of cholera outbreak prevention activities.
  • You are improving infrastructure, developing school administration capacity and teacher skills, and helping more students through after school clubs. You are also contributing to the construction of schools and distribution of school supplies.