Help Heal Haiti & Danita's Children
Help Heal Haiti (HHH) is a movement of the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, an organization that has a 30-year commitment to their work throughout Northwest Haiti. They serve thousands of people across Northwest Haiti regardless of their age, gender, or religion through a diverse collection of programs that include – among others – primary schools, feeding projects, orphanages, medical clinics, church planting, a Bible college, and agricultural development. They are the largest employer in the zone and one of the largest ministries in Haiti.
HELP HEAL HAITI'S WEBSITE - helphealhaiti.com
Danita's Children is a non-profit organization with the intent of rescuing and caring for orphaned children, meeting their needs spiritually, physically, academically, emotionally. Founded by Danita Estrella in January 1999, the organization began with a small house and fourteen children in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. Currently Danita's Children has 133 orphans living in two homes. A school provides an education to nearly 550 children and 20,000 meals are fed each month through the feeding program. A church and congregation of 500 Haitians provides a place of spiritual hope and a medical center and hospital for children are currently under construction.
DANITA'S CHILDREN'S WEBSITE - www.danitaschildren.org
THE GOAL / / PROVIDE SCHOOL UNIFORMS TO CHILDREN IN NEED
THE LOCATION / / HAITI
ON GROUND PARTNER / / HELP HEAL HAITI & DANITA'S CHILDREN
Haiti, once the richest European colony in the Americas, is now the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and is home to over 9 million people. Roughly half of all Haitians live in absolute poverty, earning less than $1 a day. More than two-thirds of the population are unemployed. Haiti has a very large young population, in part because of a high birthrate and shorter life expectancies – 37% of Haitians are younger than 14, 59% are between 15 and 64 years old, and just 3% are 65 and older. There are over 400,000 children without parents in Haiti.
Education is a vital need in Haiti.
Literacy rates in Haiti for the general population were 45% in 2010.
50% of primary school-aged children in Haiti are not enrolled in school.
1/3 of girls over six never go to school.
More than 70% of children attending school are overage for their grade.
Approximately 30% of children attending primary school will not make it the third grade; 60% will abandon school before the sixth grade.
With uniforms being a requirement in most schools, Haitian families are often left with the decision to either provide food and shelter for their family, or invest in an education. Without proper schooling, most Haitian children are likely to remain in a life of poverty. Access to an education creates new opportunities for them to rise above their dire circumstances by providing the tools necessary to advance in today's world.
To date, we've already provided thousands of school uniforms throughout Haiti and with your help we can continue to change lives.