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  Matthew 25: 35-40

Quick Facts About Haiti

  • The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti makes up the western one-third of the island of              Hispaniola in the Caribbean. The eastern two-thirds of the island is the Dominican Republic.
  • Area: 27,750 sq km (slightly smaller than Maryland)
  • Population: 10.4 million 
  • Median age: 22.2 years old
  • Ethnic Groups: Black 95%, mulatto and white 5%
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 16% (Baptist 10%, Pentecostal 4%, Adventist 1%, other 1%), none 1%, other 3%

  • Haiti suffers the world’s largest cholera epidemic. The disease has killed more than 8,300 Haitians and has made nearly 690,000 people sick since the start of the cholera outbreak in October 2010.
  • Haiti has the lowest levels of access to drinking water and sanitation in the Americas, making it difficult to reduce the impact of cholera, a water-borne disease.
  • Nearly 172,000 people are still living in makeshift tent camps following the January 2010 earthquake, with little access to toilets and drinking water, according to figures from the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • Some 817,000 Haitians will need humanitarian aid in 2014, including food aid to combat malnutrition and hunger, shelter, and anti-cholera initiatives, estimates the U.N. humanitarian agency (OCHA).
  • In Haiti, nearly a quarter of children aged 6 to 59 months experience chronic malnutrition, according to UNICEF. Malnutrition is the major underlying cause of death in children under 5 in Haiti.