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Statistics About Life in Haiti

The island of Haiti has
seen its fair share of hardships
throughout history, the repercussions of which
can still be seen in some of the country’s current circumstances. Even while
Haitians work hard to make a living and provide for their families, they’re
often met with challenges and roadblocks to their success.

But Haitians are an
overcoming people
, and are continuing to pursue a better quality of life for
themselves and those they love. Here are a few startling statistics about
modern-day Haiti to help give you a better understanding of what this
population is persevering through.


  • Two out of every three
    Haitians live on less than $2.00 (US) per day, and nearly 25% live in extreme
    poverty on less than $1.25 (US) per day.
  • Ten percent (10%) of the
    richest Haitians possess 70% of the nation’s total income.
  • Half (50%) of the
    Haitians living in urban areas are unemployed.
  • Although agriculture is
    an important division of Haiti’s economy, the country fails to produce enough
    food for its people. Haiti imports more than 50% for its population’s needs,
    and imports 80% of its staple item: rice.
  • Ninety percent (90%) of
    farmers depend on rain for their harvest, since only 10% of the nation’s crops
    are irrigated.


  • Half (50%) of all Haitian children do not attend school.
  • Approximately 30% of
    children attending primary school will not make it to third grade, and 60% will
    drop out prior to reaching sixth grade.
  • An incredible 90% of
    primary schools are non-public, meaning they’re managed by communities,
    religious organizations or non-governmental organizations.
  • Haiti’s literacy rate is
    around 64% for males and 57% for females. By comparison, the average literacy
    rate for other developing nations in Latin America and the Caribbean is 92%.


  • Close to one third (30%)
    of Haiti’s population is considered food insecure, meaning they lack reliable
    access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
  • Infant mortality in
    Haiti was 55 per 1,000 births as of 2015. Additionally, an estimated 1 in 285
    births results in the mother’s death, a ratio about 16 times higher than in the
    United States.
  • One-third of women and children in Haiti are anemic.
  • One-hundred thousand
    (100,000) children under five years of age suffer from acute malnutrition,
    while one in three children is stunted or irreversibly short for their age.
  • Less than 50% of Haitian
    households have access to safe water, and only 25% percent benefit from
    adequate sanitation.

As you can see, life in
Haiti is filled with its fair share of setbacks
and obstacles — and yet, most
Haitians remain resilient. They’re pressing forward with their work, taking
care of their families, and holding on to hope for better days ahead.

There’s much we can
learn from how Haitians have moved past the difficulties they’ve faced
especially how they’ve recovered from the serious natural disasters they have
encountered in recent months and years. The people of Haiti have been, and will
continue to be, an inspiration for many others around the world.

Friday, January 20, 2017 3:15:15 PM

How Are Schools in the U.S. different than in Haiti?

All school
systems across the globe have their own strengths, while also facing distinct
challenges. We may be accustomed to the school systems we have here in the
U.S., but those in Haiti are unique and run quite differently.

Here are a few
ways that schools in Haiti differ from those in the United States:

Schools in
Haiti are Privately Run

Unlike many schools in the United
States, most schools in Haiti are privately owned and run. This means that
schools rely heavily on tuition and fees to cover costs due to very little (if
any) public funding. Because of this, many families cannot afford to send their
children to school, choosing to forego education in order to cut expenses.

Location Largely Affects Your Opportunity for
Schooling in Haiti

Although around half of Haitians
live in rural communities, most schools are located in urban areas. Enrollment
rates are improving across the country, but Port-Au-Prince, the capital and
most densely-populated city in Haiti, continues to have much higher enrollment
rates than the rest of the country.

and Running Water Are Not A Given

Around 75% of
schools in Haiti do not have electricity, and 59% have no water. Instead,
schools rely on chalkboards and books, and outhouses are often used.

If you decide
to visit Haiti, we’re sure you can find other
ways in which the schools are different than just what we’ve listed here.

Haiti is a
country where most of its citizens—around 80%—live in poverty. Many families
cannot afford to send their children to school and, what’s worse, many of them
are forced to send their children to work in restavek. is a form of modern day child slavery that affects over
300,000 children in Haiti. Many of these children will grow up without an
education and without the hope of a future because they feel stuck in their

By making
education more accessible to all children in Haiti, we can help open up
opportunities for them that don’t include child slavery.

We are
passionate about helping children in slavery and, more specifically, putting an
end to the restavek system in our lifetime.

If you are interested in learning more about
what we are doing to end child slaveryvisit our
 or contact us today! 

Friday, January 13, 2017 3:34:16 PM

4 Myths About Child Slavery

heartbreaking to consider that in a time of such advanced technology and rapid
communication, where we’re so easily connected to everything that’s happening
all over the world, child
is somehow still allowed to exist. This fact is one of the greatest
roadblocks to global human rights, yet it’s not an issue that is readily
resolved. Rather, it is a complex problem with a multitude of causes and

we still have much to learn about the cycle of child slavery, there are a few
misconceptions about this problem that if not cleared up, could contribute to
its continuation. Here are just four common myths about child slavery we’d love
to dispel for you:

1. Child slavery only exists in poor countries: There
is a myth circulating that modern-day slavery is only a problem in
the developing world, when in reality, child slavery is very much a worldwide
concern. While the largest number of child slaves are found in Asia and
the Pacific region, sub-Saharan Africa has incredibly high instances of child
slavery, as well. But outside of these areas, millions of children are also
being enslaved in upper and middle income countries.

Although this issue
remains most serious within lower income nations, it is not exclusively a
problem for those populations; children are routinely enslaved in
industrialized countries, albeit less acknowledged. As unfortunate as it is,
there are instances of child slavery across Europe and even right here in North

2. Most child slaves work in factory settings: A
common, recurring misconception is that child slaves are typically found
working in sweatshops and factories, exporting cheap goods to the stores of the
rich world. The truth is, the majority of these children are involved with
agriculture, often in extremely poor subsistence farming areas.

The International Labour
Organization (ILO) has developed global estimates that show 58.6% of child
slaves and laborers between the ages of 5 and 17 work within the agricultural
industry; 25.4% work in services like retail trade, restaurants and transport;
7.2% work within the industrial sector, including mining, manufacturing and
construction; and 6.9% are made to do domestic work. Many more child slaves are
also found in the informal sector — selling goods on the street or hidden away
in houses — far from the reach of government officials and the scrutiny of the

3. Child slavery is a ‘necessary evil’ for the burgeoning
economies of the world:
As crazy as it may sound, this is a
school of thought that still exists. The thinking is, centuries ago major world
economies were built (in part) on the exploitation of child slaves and child
labor, and the availability of this cheap labor is needed for today’s
economies, as well. To counteract this thought process, the ILO has argued that
what growing economies
require is quality education and a skilled workforce. There are a number of
countries in Asia, South America and elsewhere whose economies have expanded
rapidly while also making education and social protection a priority.

4. Child slavery will never be eliminated while poverty
still exists:
According to UNICEF, child slavery can
(and must) be eliminated independent of eradicating poverty. Governments have
started moving on this issue, but the real progress is happening at the local
level. Activists and nonprofit organizations are exploring creative ways to
rescue children from dangerous situations and provide positive alternatives for
them to pursue. With that in mind, it should be noted that high-quality,
primary education is one of the greatest alternatives freed children can

While there are
improvements being made, there’s still much more work to be done in securing
freedom for enslaved children around the world. If you have a heart to see
child slavery come to an end once and for all, reach out to Restavek
today to find out how you can help!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 3:37:46 PM

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