"I don't live; I survive”
Michaud, Maranatha Community Member

Haitians live a day-to-day battle for existence amidst unrelenting poverty, squalor, and devastation. Haiti is located just 681 miles from Miami, Florida, and yet it is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Plagued by violence and instability, it serves as a stark contrast to its flourishing Caribbean neighbors, even the Dominican Republic, with which it shares the island of Hispaniola.


The Harsh Realities of Life In Haiti

  • Quality of Life Index (2005): 4.090 ranked 110/111
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  • Water Poverty Index: Worst / last of 147 countries
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  • 3rd hungriest among all the nations

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  • Population Undernourished (% of total population): 46%
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  • 76% of Haitians live on less than $2/day

  • Unemployment Rate: 66%, widespread underemployment
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  • Poverty Rate: 80% of the population live under the poverty line; 54% living in abject poverty
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  • Life expectancy: 60.78 years
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  • HIV/AIDS Adult Prevalence: 2.2% (highest outside Africa)
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  • Infant Mortality Rate: 59.69 deaths/1,000 live births
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  • Literacy: 53%

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  • Language: French and Creole


  • Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Voodoo




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