Haiti is located on the island of Hispaniola, only a short flight from Miami and in close proximity to the United States. Haiti is a neighbor of ours, but is often overlooked and forgotten. Considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has experienced catastrophe after catastrophe. Still reeling from devastating back to back hurricanes in 2008, Haiti was hit by a terrible earthquake on January 12, 2010. The damage to Port au Prince is almost unimaginable and the number of lost lives has topped 250,000. Haiti was in a desperate situation prior to the earthquake, but now needs our help more than ever. Haiti is a small country, but the needs are great:

• Over 9 Million people
• 80% Unemployment
• 49% Malnourished
• 48% Illiterate
• Over 1 Million Orphans
• Highest rate on infant, under 5 and maternal mortality in the Western Hemisphere
• 50% of children attend school
• 300,000 child slaves and thousands of homeless and street children
• 54% without access to clean water
• Poorest country in the Western Hemisphere