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Organizations in Haiti View all

Locations
Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Tanzania
Causes
Children/Youth
People Helping Children helps orphaned and abandoned children throughout the world.

Locations
Congo (Democratic Republic), Haiti, Mexico, Tanzania
Causes
Education
Dot Products is a school supply company that funds education for students around the world. Every product we sell funds half a day of school for our students with our partner organizations in Congo, Tanzania, and Mexico.

Locations
Haiti
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Religion
Until The Whole World Knows is a non-profit organization that is focused on resourcing churches and individuals to make a global impact with the good news of Jesus.

Locations
Guatemala, Haiti, United States of America
Causes
Poverty
We utilize volunteers to package a highly nutritious meal that is then distributed through food banks
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Children/Youth
Environment
Haiti is currently experiencing extreme environmental and ecological vulnerability.1 Deforestation is a major cause of poverty due to its ability to degrade soil, decrease agricultural outputs, increase water scarcity, decrease farming incomes, and increase malnutrition rates.2 The soil erosion caused by deforestation also contributes to a higher rate of landslides, which destroy crops, infrastructure, and populations.3 Moreover, Haitiâ's tropical climate and geographical location between fault lines increases the frequency of hurricanes and tropical depressions.4 Despite its environmental vulnerability, Haiti has a poor disaster relief response-system due to limited funding.5

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1 http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Americas/Haiti-ENVIRONMENT.html
2 Ibid
3 http://www.urd.org/Governance-and-environmental
4-5 Ibid.
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Haiti News

Miami Herald 
Almost six months after deadly Hurricane Matthew destroyed crops and livestock along Haiti's southern peninsula, life has become so desperate that Haitians ... See more..
Miami Herald 
A Miami federal judge has rejected a motion to throw out a drug-trafficking indictment against Guy Philippe, a prominent public figure in Haiti who was arrested ... See more..
WBUR 
Near the Middlesex Fells in Malden, a Haitian immigrant has found quiet refuge for the past decade from trouble back home. But he's far from the typical immigrant fleeing violence or political turmoil. In Haiti, Jean Morose Viliena stands accused of ... See more..
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Goal.com 
The match was a Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Gold Cup qualification tie, which the home side won 3-1. The first leg of the two-legged tie was contested at the Stade Sylvio Cator, in Haiti's ... See more..
Miami Herald 
A Boston school bus and Uber driver who was appointed mayor of a small Haitian village in 2012 by former Haitian President Michel Martelly despite a murder indictment in the Haitian courts is being sued in U.S. federal court for human rights abuses. See more..
Seacoastonline.com 
When the New Hampshire-born and bred leader of Combo Sabrosa returns to the VFW on April 8 for the annual Caribbean Nights Dance Party, he will have a ... See more..
New York Times 
It caused a cholera epidemic, but there's no money behind its promises to eradicate the disease. See more..
Mission Network News 
A Gallup report published yesterday says the three countries with the greatest suffering on this globe are South Sudan, Haiti, and Ukraine. We're going... See more..
CBS Pittsburgh / KDKA 
18, 22 runners take off from the northern tip of Haiti. Only 10 would finish a grueling marathon that spans 230 miles in seven days. One of them is Matt Mauclair of Aspinwall. He says they ran to raise funds for families living in poverty, on an island ... See more..
Miami Herald 
Haiti's new government was sworn in Tuesday, hours after receiving the nod of approval from the Lower Chamber of Deputies. Jack Guy Lafontant, a gastroenterologist with no political experience, was ratified as prime minister by the chamber days after ... See more..
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Geography

Caribbean, western one-third of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, west of the Dominican Republic
Area

Total 27,750 sq km
Land 27,560 sq km
Water 190 sq km

Climate

tropical; semiarid where mountains in east cut off trade winds ;
Natural Resources

bauxite, copper, calcium carbonate, gold, marble, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

lies in the middle of the hurricane belt and subject to severe storms from June to October; occasional flooding and earthquakes; periodic droughts
Current Environmental Issues

extensive deforestation (much of the remaining forested land is being cleared for agriculture and used as fuel); soil erosion; inadequate supplies of potable water ;

Demographics

Nationality
Haitian
Population
9,893,934 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups
Languages
Religions

Finances

Haiti is a free market economy that enjoys the advantages of low labor costs and tariff-free access to the US for many of its exports. Poverty, corruption, vulnerability to natural disasters, and low levels of education for much of the population are among Haiti's most serious impediments to economic growth. Haiti's economy suffered a severe setback in January 2010 when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake destroyed much of its capital city, Port-au-Prince, and neighboring areas. Currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of the population living under the poverty line and 54% in abject poverty, the earthquake further ...See More inflicted $7.8 billion in damage and caused the country's GDP to contract 5.4% in 2010. In 2011, the Haitian economy had begun recovering slowly from the effects of the earthquake. However, two hurricanes adversely affected agricultural output and the slow public capital spending negatively affected the economic recovery in 2012. GDP growth for 2012 was 2.8%, down from 5.6% in 2011. Two-fifths of all Haitians depend on the agricultural sector, mainly small-scale subsistence farming, and remain vulnerable to damage from frequent natural disasters, exacerbated by the country's widespread deforestation. US economic engagement under the Caribbean Basin Trade Preference Agreement (CBTPA) and the 2008 Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement (HOPE II) Act helped increase apparel exports and investment by providing duty-free access to the US. Congress voted in 2010 to extend the CBTPA and HOPE II until 2020 under the Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act; the apparel sector accounts for about 90% of Haitian exports and nearly one-twentieth of GDP. Remittances are the primary source of foreign exchange, equaling 20% of GDP and representing more than five times the earnings from exports in 2012. Haiti suffers from a lack of investment, partly because of weak infrastructure such as access to electricity. In 2005, Haiti paid its arrears to the World Bank, paving the way for reengagement with the Bank. Haiti received debt forgiveness for over $1 billion through the Highly-Indebted Poor Country initiative in mid-2009. The remainder of its outstanding external debt was cancelled by donor countries following the 2010 earthquake, but has since risen to nearly $1 billion. The government relies on formal international economic assistance for fiscal sustainability, with over half of its annual budget coming from outside sources. The MARTELLY administration in 2011 launched a campaign aimed at drawing foreign investment into Haiti as a means for sustainable development. To that end, the MARTELLY government in 2012 created a Commission for Commercial Code Reform, effected reforms to the justice sector, and inaugurated the Caracol industrial park in Haiti's north coast. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$13.15 billion (2012 est.); $12.79 billion (2011 est.); $12.12 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coffee, mangoes, cocoa, sugarcane, rice, corn, sorghum; wood, vetiver
Industries

textiles, sugar refining, flour milling, cement, light assembly based on imported parts