HAITI FACTS
The republic of Haiti has a deep natural beauty and a tropical climate. The country is two-third mountainous - but also has great valleys, extensive plateaus, and small plains.

Even before the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 10, 2010, it was the poorest country in the western hemisphere. The earthquake was devastating, impacting one in three Haitians. The Haitian people have demonstrated a remarkable resilience and creativity in the face of its severe challenges. Marred by political instability, Haiti has suffered from high unemployment, a weak social infrastructure, an inadequate healthcare system and poor water and sanitation facilities.

By way of background, the republic of Haiti was the first Caribbean state to achieve its independence (1804). It occupies the western one-third of the island of Hispaniola. French and Creole are the country's two official languages, although most Haitians speak Creole.
The Creole culture is a distictive blend of African, French and West Indian.

Haiti's many challenges include:
  1. 62% of Haitians live below the Global poverty line of $1.25 a day.
  2. 80% of Haitians have no access to a sanitary toilet.
  3. 65% of Haitians have no access to clean water.
  4. 51% of Haitians are illiterate.
  5. Over 40% of Haitians are unemployed and/or unemployable due to lack of skills.
Empower Global's Haiti operations are based in Cap-Haitien, a city of about 190,000 in the northern part of the country. Cap-Haitien in connected with the capital Port-au-Prince in the south via Route National #1 which goes through Gonaives and Saint-Marc.

Empower Global's main purpose in Haiti is to help build sustainable livlihoods among the poorest of the poor struggling with malnutrition, disease, and unemployment.

We believe a multi-faceted approach to poverty alleviation is essential to achieving meaningful and long-lasting results. Our innovative solutions are based on a collaberative approch with local community leaders and includes the following programs - home food security, agriculture, ecomomic development, functional skills training and various health related initiatives.

If you would like to become involved in serving the poor together with us in Haiti - please call or email us for more information.
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