Help Save Children in Haiti

The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has been devastated by natural disasters. In 2010, Haiti suffered a 7.3 magnitude earthquake – a catastrophe that took more than 230,000 lives, destroyed 400,000 homes and damaged 5,000 schools. Then, in 2016, Hurricane Matthew caused 546 deaths, displaced 175,500 people and left 1.4 million Haitians in need of humanitarian assistance. Save the Children was there – and is still helping with the recovery efforts – thanks to supporters like you.

The Challenge for Children in Haiti

Suffering from extreme poverty and the aftermath of natural disasters, children in Haiti need your help.*

  • 59% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 14 dies before their 5th birthday - 10 times that of the United States
  • 22% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 14% of school-age children are out of school
  • 24% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 7% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 26 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 43% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
Map of Haiti

Our Work for Children in Haiti

Since 1978, Save the Children’s teams have been working in Haiti, providing a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm – every day and in times of crisis. In the country’s darkest hours after the devastating earthquake, our emergency responders were on the ground – saving lives, feeding families and keeping children safe. We are proud of what we have accomplished and extend our thanks to every donor who has supported this work.

Backed by the generosity of our donors, our caring staff and partners have reached over 1 million Haitian children and adults through 2010 earthquake relief and recovery programs. We have sheltered families; provided access to lifesaving health and water and sanitary services; have helped protect children from exploitation; and have helped re-open schools and make them better able to withstand disasters. Read the full report.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Save the Children reached more than 45,000 Haitian people in 2016 through advocacy, reinforcement of key government social services, and community-based programs in Child Protection, Education, Health, Food Security, Livelihoods, and Humanitarian Relief. Some of our initiatives included providing 64 schools chlorine to disinfect drinking water to combat the ongoing cholera epidemic in Haiti, increasing the number of teens tested for HIV by 100% and opening 20 new preschools – funded by sponsors.

Since 1985, Save the Children in Haiti has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Our education experts have designed and implemented programs for elementary school-aged kids that transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers.

Focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, skilled professionals help ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Haiti continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

  • Protected 72,237 children from harm
  • Supported 51,239 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 427,835 children with a healthy start in life
  • Gave 364,225 children vital nourishment

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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