Haiti Overview


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Information about Haiti for people thinking about supporting The Joseph School.

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Haiti Overview

  1. 1. Introduction to Haiti A Land of Tragedy. A People of Promise.
  2. 2. Location Haiti southeast of Cuba and the Bahamas. It is a short 1.5 hour flight from Miami.
  3. 3. Vital Statistics <ul><li>Population: 9,203,000 </li></ul><ul><li>38% Under 15 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Life Expectancy: 180th in the world </li></ul><ul><li>95% black, 5% mulatto and white </li></ul><ul><li>Official Languages: French and Creole </li></ul>Information from The World Factbook, www.cia.gov.
  4. 4. Religion <ul><li>80% Roman Catholic </li></ul><ul><li>16% Protestant </li></ul><ul><li>50%+ Practice Voodoo </li></ul>Information from The World Factbook, www.cia.gov.
  5. 5. Economy <ul><li>Poorest country in the western hemisphere </li></ul><ul><li>GDP per capita is 203 rd in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>80% live below the poverty line </li></ul><ul><li>Average income less than $2/day </li></ul>
  6. 6. Orphan Population <ul><li>Orphan Crisis: 300,000 – 400,000 orphans </li></ul><ul><li>Orphanages house and educate orphans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Care and Discipleship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistent Education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Problems: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Aging out” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Few opportunities for education beyond 5 th Grade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to break the cycle of poverty </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Education <ul><li>175 th in the world in education expenditures as percent of GDP </li></ul><ul><li>85% of schools are private. Tuition and uniforms are out of reach for half of Haiti’s children. </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 50% of the population can read and write. </li></ul><ul><li>4000 schools destroyed by the earthquake </li></ul>
  8. 8. “ This is an opportunity in a lifetime to radically change the educational system in Haiti.” Marcelo Cabrol Inter-American Development Bank’s Education Division. Click on the “ Vision ” tab to see how The Joseph School will help change the educational system and the country’s direction for generations to come.