Basic Facts About Haiti
Haiti is currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with around 80 percent of the population living below the poverty line.
A combination of poor rains and tropical storms have impacted food production in Haiti. According to the National Coordination for Food Security, the food production in several regions were as low as 35 percent during the last quarter of 2013.
24 percent of children younger than 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition.
Child protection continues to be an ongoing concern because many children are still being physically abused or forced to work in slave-like conditions.
The January 2010 earthquake leveled most of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, killing around 220,000 Haitians and leaving millions homeless.
Our work in Haiti
Army of the Kind has been working in Haiti since 2011. We responded to the earthquake by partnering with doctors and nurses to bring medical attention to several victims. Our hearts were heavy with sorrow to see the living conditions of so many families.
We returned in 2013 with a team of people to provide outreach and supplies to churches and orphanages in several cities in Haiti. During this trip our team realized that what we were called to do in Haiti was to partner with special needs orphanages. These orphans were left on top of piles of trash or found wandering on the streets. They were completely abandoned by their parents and society has turned their back on them. Special needs children are really hard to care for in Haiti and many parents cannot work and provide for the rest of their children if they have a special needs child. Therefore, they leave abandon them on the street and ultimately leave them to die.
God led us to an orphanage in Port-au-Prince (specifically Delmas). The orphanage houses special needs children that were completely forgotten. About 20 children live here; all of them needing special assistance. We have been able to provide them with a rental home, wheelchairs, new beds and bedding, clothing, monthly groceries, and medicine. We have also partnered with Building Hope International whom are helping us to create awareness of the children's situation in order to build them a home in the very near future.
To learn more about our project in Haiti, click here.