Haiti

Haiti is the most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere with one of the highest levels of food insecurity in the world. 60% of Haitians live below the national poverty line. One of the drivers of food insecurity is the poor performance of the agriculture sector and the heavy dependence on food imports, which account for more than half of the food and 83 percent of the rice consumed.

Haiti also remains extremely vulnerable to natural hazards mainly hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. Extreme natural disasters such as the 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and an ongoing political crisis that started at the end of 2018 have inevitably affected welfare in the country. The poor population’s vulnerability due to the continuous reliance on agriculture and the lack of a social assistance network, may be further increased by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 59% of Haitians live below the national poverty line and more than 24 per cent live in extreme poverty
  • More than 50,000 Haitians are living in displacement as of December 2019
  • Disasters, forced evictions, chronic food and livelihood insecurity, and economic, political and environmental fragility are the main drivers of internal displacement in Haiti
  • 22 percent of children in Haiti are chronically malnourished, 10 percent are underweight and 66 percent of under-5s suffer from anemia
  • Haiti has to import more than 50% of their total food consumption and 83 percent of the rice consumed
  • Access to clean, fresh water is a main concern in Haiti, where waterborne illnesses, such as typhoid, cholera, and chronic diarrhea, are the cause of more than half of the deaths in the country every year

What We Do

  • Ship and distribute pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and medical machines
  • Build community infrastructure –  medical clinics, schools and water systems
  • Build homes
  • Ship and distribute food
  • Ship and distribute educational supplies
  • Livelihood and income generating projects

Projects

Impact

  • Built 120 homes in Haiti.
  • Established a chicken farm to support the sustainability of an orphange
  • Distributed 93,538 bags of dried vegetable soup, feeding over 8 million children and their families with vegetables donated by Ontario farmers
  • Shipped $14 million in medicines, four ultrasound machines and 1 X-ray machine for hospitals in Haiti
  • Provided 3,000 filled backpacks to children across Haiti
  • Distributed 2,500 pounds of fish, 2,760 bags granola, 3,499 bags of dried Canadian fruit, 2,720 bags of milk powder, 3,654 bags of dried beans, 15,742 cans of garbanzo beans and 1,068 bags of beef broth to communities across Haiti
  • Distributed 450 soccer balls to schools
  • Provided 69 families with a solar-powered light kit
  • Provided 900 layettes to support families with newborns and young children

Become a Monthly Donor

Our Community Builders help families with their most basic needs – clean water, food and health care.