Fighting Poverty in Haiti

Fighting Poverty in Haiti

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Haiti Poverty Indicators


7 million Haitians survive on less than $3.65 per day

Extreme Poverty Rate

2 million Haitians survive on less than $2.15 per day

Malnutrition Rate

50% of Haitian children suffer from chronic malnutrition


Haiti is the 10th poorest economy in the world

Political Instability

Multiple decades of political instability in Haiti have hampered economic development and stifled investment in crucial sectors such as healthcare, education, and sanitation. Corruption, violence, and a lack of infrastructure contribute to this ongoing issue, leading to a breakdown of law and order. As a result, a large percentage of the population has been forced into exile, leaving behind a vulnerable population on the island. While the poverty rate is alarming, it’s been declining since it peaked in 2005 at 80%.

Political Instability

Natural disasters

Earthquakes and hurricanes are major poverty causes. The 2010 earthquake caused widespread displacement, with an estimated 1.5 million people left homeless. The 2021 earthquake’s impact was just as devastating. The combined impact of hurricanes and earthquakes results in loss of lives, injuries, damage to critical infrastructure, and disruption to agricultural production, leading to food insecurity that quickly escalates to the humanitarian crisis level.

Food insecurity

Haiti faces an unprecedented food crisis, ranking the worst in the world. Despite agriculture playing a vital role in the economy, Haiti imports a staggering 80% of its staple food—rice—due to abysmal yields within the agricultural sector. With just 10% of agricultural lands irrigated, Haiti's dependence on rainfall further exacerbates the challenges. The consequences are dire, with one in three children experiencing stunted growth and 100,000 children suffering from acute malnutrition.

Food insecurity

Why Support Haiti

Empowering Haiti’s journey out of poverty

Food for the Poor has fought poverty in Haiti since 1995. We've seen its devastating effects firsthand and know that transformation is urgent. Our programs address immediate humanitarian needs and provide sustainable assistance through community development outreach and self-reliance. Fund our programs to help communities turn despair into resilience.

Food Assistance in Haiti

Food Assistance

FFTP tirelessly combats hunger and malnutrition by providing essential food supplies to vulnerable communities. Strategic partnerships and community engagement ensure nutritious meals reach those most in need, improving their overall health and well-being.

Home Assistance in Haiti

Home Assistance

Our cost-effective and agile home assistance program quickly builds homes for under $5,000, even in places where construction materials are scarce and expensive. Targeting displaced populations and families at risk, we keep striving to improve the program's performance.

Education in Haiti


Committed to providing access to quality education, FFTP constructs and supports schools and equips classrooms with essential supplies. This pillar breaks the cycle of poverty by empowering children with knowledge and skills, fostering their intellectual growth, and opening doors to a brighter future.

Malnutrition in Haiti


To improve nutritional outcomes, enhance food security, and promote overall health and well-being in Haiti, FFTP forges strategic partnerships and engages communities in comprehensive programs. We focus on nutrition education, access to nutrient-rich food, and healthcare interventions to address the root causes of malnutrition.

Health in Haiti


FFTP strengthens healthcare infrastructure, provides medical supplies and equipment, and supports health education initiatives. Partnering with local providers and engaging with communities, we aim to enhance primary healthcare services and reduce the prevalence of diseases.

Micro Enterprise in Haiti

Micro Enterprise

Empowering individuals and communities through sustainable economic opportunities, FFTP provides entrepreneurs with training, resources, and support to establish and expand their small businesses. This pillar transforms lives, promotes financial independence, and paves the way for a brighter future in Haiti.

Help Avert a Humanitarian Crisis
Haiti Needs Urgent Assistance

In recent days, a surge of violence in Haiti has forced at least 360,000 people out of their homes. Food For The Poor’s distribution centers need more resources to serve the 4 million people who are now facing acute food insecurity. Help us restock and ship more containers to respond to the immediate crisis and prepare the recovery efforts to help internally displaced families return home.

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Help Avert a Humanitrian Crisis in Haiti

Haiti Operations Highlights


  • FFTP shipped 859 containers of aid to Haiti.
  • Food Distribution: 197,242 bags of rice distributed to people across the nation.
  • Medicine Supplied: 157 health centers and 77 hospitals received medicine.
  • Working with Churches: 28,317 bags of rice distributed to 42,856 people working in partnership with churches throughout the nation’s 10 departments.
  • Food Distribution due to Violence: 10,054 boxes of food distributed to 5,160 internally displaced people who were forced to flee their homes due to gang violence.
  • Food Distribution due to Violence: 4,894 boxes for other families impacted by the food shortage.
  • Port-au-Prince Floodings (June): 1,837 bags of rice and emergency supplies distributed to 5,612 families impacted in June by floodings in Port-au-Prince and the Southeast.


  • FFTP shipped $89,348,157 worth of aid to Haiti.
  • Seeds to Market - Acceso: Partnership with Accesco feeds 5000 children in Haiti and Colombia through training program for farmers by providing seeds and low-cost loans with pay back through crops. All food goes to feeding programs for local kids.
  • Peanut Snack Program: Expand peanut-snack program to 11,400 students. Pilot full-meal program for 600 students across three schools.
  • Teacher Training - P4H Global: Food For The Poor and P4H Global trained teachers in 38 Haitian schools, earning the 2022 UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Teacher Development.
  • Critical Aid to Families: 492 women received food kits aiding malnourished children and mothers in their time of need.
  • Volunteers: 80 volunteers from Food For The Poor's Volunteer Program assist Haiti after an earthquake.
  • Volunteers: 872 volunteers donated 2,772 hours of service.
  • Food Baskets distribution: 900 food baskets to 6,000 beneficiaries and distribution of 3,800 food baskets to families displaced by gang violence in Cité Soleil, Haiti, through local partner E-Power.
  • Food for Prisoners: 4,000 hot meals a day for 15 days to feed prisoners at Port-au-Prince’s main prison at the urgent request of the prison system done by FFTP.
  • Cholera: Five pallets containing 72,000 packets of Liquid I.V. oral hydration powder airfreighted to Haiti to combat a growing number of cholera cases by FFTP.


  • FFTP shipped $281,457,940 worth of aid in 1,329 tractor-trailer to Haiti.
  • Humaniarian Crisis Response: Civil unrest and natural disasters worsened a humanitarian crisis. FFTP responded by distributing vital aid, including food and water, relying on trusted networks of partners and churches.
  • Positive Impact- Health and Well-Being: In partnership with the U.S. Southern Command, 11 ultra-low temperature freezers specially equipped to store COVID-19 vaccines were delivered.
  • Bees for New Growth in Haiti: Donor backing helped 150 Haitian bee farmers with training and resources, boosting income. They also received Moringa trees for bee support and hurricane recovery. FFTP partnered with CEPUDO, Heifer International, and MOFA Taiwan, launching impactful community projects in 2021.
  • 7.2 Earthquake: FFTP responds with emergency aid, medical supplies, food, and clean water after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit.
  • Water Mission: FFTP installed 158 water wells for a total of 1,232. Water Mission, FFTP has installed a total of 169 water filtration units, each purifying and chlorinating up to 10,000 gallons a day.
  • Water Mission: Water Mission, FFTP has installed a total of 169 water filtration units, each purifying and chlorinating up to 10,000 gallons a day.
  • Earthquake: FFTP delivered a Living Water system, temporary shelters, and building supplies after an earthquake struck the southern peninsula and caused extensive damage.


  • FFTP shipped $301,154,243 worth of aid to Haiti.
  • Medical Highlights: 85 Tractor-Trailers shipped filled with medicine and medical supplies.
  • Covid Supplies: FFTP delivered food, water, medical supplies, hygiene items, PPE and more to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • FFTP shipped $208,974,736 worth of aid to Haiti.
  • Medical Highlights: 178 Tractor-Trailers shipped filled with medicine and medical supplies.


  • FFTP shipped $346,724,406 worth of aid to Haiti.
  • Earthquake: FFTP helped the community after a deadly earthquake struck Port-de-Paix.


  • FFTP shipped $288,371,108 worth of aid to Haiti.


  • FFTP shipped $312,331,555 worth of aid to Haiti.
  • Hurricane Matthew: FFTP helped rebuild after category 4 Hurricane Matthew claimed more than 1,000 lives.


  • FFTP shipped $366,197,766 worth of aid to Haiti.
  • Victory Garden: A generous donor established a Victory Garden in Hinche, which currently produces a wide variety of vegetables.


  • FFTP shipped $266,791,842 worth of aid to Haiti.


  • FFTP shipped $323,958,667 worth of aid to Haiti.


  • Beekeeping: FFTP established a beekeeping program that employs over 700 beekeepers and generates revenue.


  • Earthquake: FFTP provided emergency aid after earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince killing 220,000.
  • Cholera: FFTP provided support during the cholera outbreak that caused over 10,000 deaths.


  • Prison Ministry Program: The Prison Ministry Program began freeing and reintegrating nonviolent prisoners to their communities as productive citizens.

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