Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. An estimated 60 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, searching for food to eat, clean water to drink, and a safe place to live.
Haiti is a bleak place for children. One-fifth of all Haitian children suffer from malnutrition, and 67 of every 1,000 children die before reaching their fifth birthday. Life expectancy is a mere 61.6 years for men and 66.8 years for women.
Clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing is in short supply, which continues to fuel the spread of various waterborne diseases.
With so many families focused merely on survival, many Haitian children never get the chance to receive even a basic education. Haiti’s literacy rate is a dismal 60.7 percent.
Food For The Poor began working to help the poor of Haiti in 1986. Today, the organization is one of the country’s largest providers of emergency relief and sustainable development projects.
How We Help
Food For The Poor began its work in Haiti in 1986.
- In 2021, FFTP shipped 1,329 tractor-trailer loads of needed supplies such as food, health care, and educational supplies
- In 2021, FFTP installed 158 water wells for a total of 1,232 water wells in Haiti
- Since 1995, 20,611 homes have been built in Haiti, with 12,674 of these homes having been built since the January 2010 earthquake. In 2021, FFTP built 805 homes.