Here are some things you may not know about Haiti:
– Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world, with eighty percent of the population living in abject poverty.
– Nearly half the population is chronically undernourished.
– Healthy life expectancy at birth is only 43 years.
– The government is not able to provide the resources to educate the nation’s next generation.
– The unemployment rate is over 80%.
– More than half of Haitians live on less than a dollar a day.
– There are few paved roads, an inadequate supply of potable water, minimal utilities, and depleted forests.
– Less than 20% of Haitians age 15 and over can read and write.
– Fewer than 75% of children attend school.
– 40% of the Haitian population does not have access to primary health care.
– The United Nations estimates 6% of Haitians are infected with HIV/AIDS. The highest rate in the Western Hemisphere. An estimated 30,000 people die of AIDS every year.
– One in twenty Haitians is infected with HIV/AIDS and there are over 150,000 AIDS orphans