Haiti Holds So Much Beauty and Opportunity. But the Need is Great!
Haiti is approximately the size of Maryland and shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Sea. It is the poorest country in the western hemisphere; subsequently, Haitians have limited access to a quality education. According to a UN report, only 50 percent of the children in Haiti attend elementary school and only 20% of those proceed to secondary education. For Haitian children living in abject poverty, access to any school is extremely limited.
The Mortel High Hopes for Haiti Foundation focuses its efforts mainly in Saint Marc, the second largest city in the Department of the Artibonite. Because of our programs and schools, an increasing number of children in these areas are enrolled in school and are receiving a quality education.
HAITI QUICK FACTS
Independence: January 1, 1804 (from France)
Total Size: 27,750 sq km
Distance from US: 700 miles approx.
Currency: Haitian gourde
Languages: French (official), Creole (official)
Religions: 80% Roman Catholic, 16% Protestant, 1% none, 3% other
Infant Mortality Rate: 52.44 deaths/1,000 live births
Life Expectancy: 62.51 years
Literacy: 52.9% are literate
People below poverty line: 80%
Average Income: 2$/day approx., $730 annually