An image of Haiti Where Haiti is in the world.

Haiti is one third of the island of Hispaniola. The other two thirds are made up of the Dominican Republic. It’s small and mountainous, famous for being hit by natural disasters such as tropical storms, hurricanes and earthquakes.

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Compassion started working in Haiti in 1968.


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Comment-allez vous?
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The whistling frog

This frog is named after its call, which consists of a series of chirps that sound like a whistle.

Houses need to withstand earthquakes and regular hurricanes, but many people cannot afford this. Some are still living in camps after the earthquake of 2010 and others have built basic concrete-walled houses with tin roofs.

Living conditions

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9.9 million

There are now more than 79,880 children being supported through Compassion in Haiti.

Once known as one of the richest countries in the Caribbean, Haiti is now the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It was owned by France and became rich through importing African slaves. A slave revolt against the French in 1804 helped Haiti to become independent.

Haiti has become poor through a mixture of bad leadership, violence, environmental issues and natural disasters. Most Haitians still cannot afford healthcare or education and do not have access to running water or electricity.

Take a look at our photo story to find out what happened after the 2010 earthquake hit.

A huge earthquake hit an already very poor Haiti in 2010.

According to the Haitian Government, 230,000 people were killed, 300,000 were injured and 1,000,000 people were left homeless from the earthquake.

People put up tents to live in as their homes were destroyed.

Compassion staff provided tents to families in need.

Thousands of sponsored children and their families went to clinics where they were treated for injuries and given medicine.

Naika Docile, six, patiently waited until the Compassion nurse has finished cleaning and redressing her leg wound. Naika was wounded on her chest, back, thigh and calf in the earthquake.

Compassion staff and lots of volunteers prepared over 37,000 emergency food and water kits for those in need.

Workers distributed Compassion food kits from a truck that has just arrived from the Dominican Republic. The kits were given to families in need.

After having her wounds seen to, Naika and her mother Denise left the nursing station with essential supplies.

Compassion’s partner churches provided families in need with food, water and temporary shelters, as well as counselling.

Ferlandie Fadius, 19, waited for a counselling session to help her deal with fear after the earthquake.

A happy Jean Guerrier, 10, was delighted to have pitched a new tent for his family, just metres away from the rubble that used to be their home.

More than 4,000 immunisations and 4,000 hygiene kits were given to the children and their families.

Compassion helped churches to give families access to clean drinking water.

The Compassion sponsored children in Haiti were so grateful for the help they received from Compassion supporters in the UK!

Please pray that God would protect the people in Haiti from future natural disasters.

Please pray that the children in Compassion projects would know how loved they are by God.

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The Gourde

The first Gourde was introduced in 1813.

There are 275 child development centres in Haiti.

How can you encourage your sponsored child?

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Why not write to them and mention some of the facts you’ve found here. Ask them questions about what it’s like to live in Haiti.

Haitians eat rice, beans, corn and bananas. Coffee is a popular drink. Why not try making this delicious Haitian dish:

Recipe: Rice and Haitian Mushrooms

Rice and Haitian Mushrooms Ingredients (adult help needed)
  • 2 cups of long grain rice
  • 1 cup of dried, black mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • Salt, pepper, and thyme, to taste
  1. Remove and soak the stems of the mushrooms in a cup of hot water for 30 minutes and soak the heads in a separate cup of hot water.
  2. Lightly fry the rice and garlic in butter, then add all of the other ingredients, including the water used to soak the mushrooms and the mushroom heads (discard the mushroom stems, which are not to be eaten).
  3. Cook for 20 minutes and serve.

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Less than one percent of all of the people living in Haiti have more than half of all of the money that everyone has in the country.

How many frogs would fit in your glass of water?

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Toadily too many.

Information sources: The CIA World Fact Book 2011, Compassion International, Human Development Report, BBC, Wikipedia