Haiti faces huge challenges. It is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and has, by far, the largest number of poor people in the Caribbean. A long history of political instability and poor governance has brought many problems for Haiti. Social unrest, crime, violence, including violence against women, and severe deforestation have also contributed to a difficult time. The earthquake of 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake, has caused even greater development issues for Haiti. Approximately 200,000 were killed by the disaster and over 1.5 million were directly affected.
The infrastructure was poor in Haiti before the earthquake and it has been badly damaged by it. SCIAF partners have been supporting the building work on permanent housing during 2013 as thousands of Haitians are still living in temporary shelters.
Tell me something about Haiti….
- The country has a population of 9.7 million
- Haiti is regularly affected by hurricanes and tropical storms during the Caribbean hurricane season
- Inequality between French speaking and Creole speaking Haitians
- Isolation of rural communities is a serious issue
- Poor government systems mean a lack of access to basic services