The republic of Haiti is a country of about 10 million people. Natural beauty and deep poverty collide in this country that has a tropical climate and is two-thirds mountainous.
Once known as the "jewel of the Caribbean" - the country has spiraled downward over many decades - and is now known as the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
Environmental issues in Haiti include a severe deforestation problem, overpopulation, a lack of sanitation, natural disasters, and food insecurity. A major reason for these environmental issues is that there is not sufficient protection or management of the country's natural resources.
Our aim is to help Haitians move from "Aid" to "Enterprise". To restore Dignity and Hope that comes from people earning a living with their own hands. And earning sufficient income to provide for the needs of their own families.
Most of our Haiti programs are operated from our compound near Cap Haitien. Please refer to Compound Operations for full description.
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 distinctive blend of African, French and West Indian.
Haiti's many challenges include:
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 livelihoods 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 collaborative approach with local community leaders and includes the following programs - home food security, agriculture, economic 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.