The Republic of Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. 80% of its population lives below the poverty line and 54% live in abject poverty. It is a country that is smaller than the state of Maryland, which has 28% arable land, yet it subsists on the spare production of the farming industry. Its environment has suffered extreme damage from extensive deforestation and the resulting soil erosion and inadequate supply of potable water.
Of the 8,308,504 people which comprise Haiti’s population, only 3.6 million are in the labor force, and of this figure only 1/3 have formal employment. The population is significantly unskilled and uneducated. Only 52.9% can read and write . Rates of primary school enrollment are a mere 22% for males and 23% for females. Of those that do enroll in school, only 30% of males and 27% of females complete their primary education .
All the Children Are Children, Inc. is fighting for Haiti’s renaissance. ATCAC believes in the country’s strength and in its citizen’s ability to overcome. It was the first black republic to declare its independence in 1804, and it struggled against dictatorship by inaugurating a democratically elected president and parliament in 2006. Haiti is taking progressive steps, but it needs the help of its neighbors to succeed. ATCAC acts as a conduit for change by focusing their efforts on education, health care, and economic development. Through these three avenues, Haitians will be given the tools to change their lives for the better.
Is there is any good reason why children have to suffer at such intences???