I have decided to do a different blog. I wanted to present some facts so that people might better understand Haiti. Today with the Haitian Gourde worth less compared to the US$, everyday goods are much more expensive and people are much less able to provide for their families.

  • Native Haitians were called Taino,”the good people”. They named their land “Ayiti” meaning “Land of Mountains” which evolved into Haiti.
  • More than 10% of Haitian children die before age five.
  • 80% live in poverty, 54% in abject poverty.
  • 53% can neither read or write.
  • Gourds were so important to the Haitian people they named their currency “gourdes”.
  • 20% live in the Capital Port-Au-Prince.
  • Only 10% who complete elementary school go on to high school.
  • Most Haitians are descendants of slaves shipped to the Caribbean.
  • In Haiti there is one hospital bed for every 10,000 people. There are only 8 doctors and 10 Nurses for every 100,000 people.
  • Life expectancy is 50 years for men and 53 for women.
  • Infant mortality is 74 deaths per 1,000 births
  • Only 40% of children attend school.
  • 1% of Haiti’s population owns more than 50% of the nation’s wealth.
  • Estimated to be 430,000 orphans in Haiti.
  • The average capita income in Haiti is $480.00.  In Canada it is $48,520.00.
  • Haiti’s national sport is soccer. If provided adequate funding Haiti could be competitive at the World Cup.
  • Haiti is considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Population density in Haiti is 747 people per square mile, in Canada it is 9 per square mile.
 ~Dickie