Poverty

CAUSE
WHY?
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of US$797 and a Human Development Index ranking of 169 out of 189 countries in 2019. According to the Human Capital Index, a child born today in Haiti will grow up to be only 45% as productive as they could be if he/she had enjoyed full education and health.The latest official poverty estimate (2012) suggested that over 6 million Haitians lived below the poverty line of US$2.41 per day, and more than 2.5 million fell below the extreme poverty line of US$1.12 per day. The poverty gap between urban and rural areas has increased. (Haiti World Bank, Oct 20, 2020)

Human potential should not be limited by a person’s social condition. Poverty unfairly prevents millions from accessing education, economic resources and opportunity. Families cannot afford adequate housing and health care. Children deal with hunger and malnutrition on a daily basis. People feel a sense of hopelessness for the future. Crime and juvenile delinquency flourish in conditions of human misery. The Mizak population mirrors Haiti with 95% living in poverty and 40% in EXTREME poverty; the community is 80% dependent on agriculture for subsistence living with no industry or utilities. We need to ACT!

WHAT?
HAPI creates jobs and hires greater than 50% women; women invest in their children. Our jobs include full-time, part-time and contract workers paid a fair wage in a safe working environment. We provide access to locally affordable healthcare at our health center staffed with healthcare professionals. We cultivate a learning environment and provide professional development. We also support various micro-enterprises including a new initiative beginning January 2021 for a ‘Pass-the-Gift’ goat raising initiative with youth ages 15-18 years for tuition assistance and food security.

We have a holistic, integrated formula of jobs + health + education = HOPE to eradicate extreme poverty and save lives!

GOAL
Eradicate extreme poverty in Mizak Haiti (below $1.12 / day) and significantly reduce those living in poverty at below $2.41 / day.

OUTCOMES
No malnourished children. All children enrolled in school, K-12, with access to vocational training or university. Families eating at least 2 nutritious meals daily (IE: including protein and dairy). Housing is weather-resistant.

LOCATIONS SERVED
La Vallée-de-Jacmel, Haiti