Haiti is the most recent country we have started working in. It has more orphans than any other country in the western hemisphere, and has been declared by Fox Business as the world's poorest country.
The people on this small island nation are drowning in unemployment. Men and woman that want to work to feed their families find themselves jobless day after day and month after month. It is hard to find a job in an economy with a 40% unemployment rate. 80% of Haitians live below the poverty line and 54% of that 80% live in abject poverty.
In Haiti, hunger is so bad in some areas that people have been known to make mud cookies or mud cakes to fill their stomachs and curb their hunger pains. With living conditions like these, hope can be hard to come by.
The way to solve this nation's problems however, is not to simply give them money or goods. One of the ways we have helped older orphans, single mothers, and struggling fathers is by:
- Giving them entrepreneurial kits with items to sell
- Educating them on how to run a small business
- Allowing them to go out and work to support themselves
These kits contains items like shoes, hats and other merchandise a person can sell on the street. We then instruct each person to use some of his or her profit to cover basic needs and to save some profit to purchase more products to sell. This creates a residual income.
True to our goal of empowering orphans, we support an orphanage a husband and wife started in their own home after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. We supply them with food, water, beds, and have rebuilt or constructed new rooms in their home that is now an orphanage.