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