Haiti is a Creole-French speaking Caribbean country roughly 250 miles from the US Coast and is the third largest country in the Caribbean. Haiti occupies the western third of the Island of Hispaniola, which is also home to the Dominican Republic.
Haiti is the poorest and one of the least developed, least stable countries in the Western Hemisphere. Over 80% of the population lives on 1 US dollar per person per day, and only 10% enjoy full employment (since the earthquake in January 2010). The population of Haiti was estimated at 8.9 million in 2008. Port-au-Prince (the city served by PHH teams) has roughly 3 million residents, most of who live in dire poverty. More than one million are now homeless, many living in crime-ridden and unsanitary tent cities, with little access to clean water or enough food.
Diseases such as malaria, dysentery, and tuberculosis are very common, and now the island is also fighting a cholera epidemic. Healthcare is non-existent and infectious diseases as well as chronic conditions abound. The people of Haiti have been dominated by colonial powers or oppressed with poverty for 300 years. High levels of corruption in government and the role of foreign powers in the country since colonization 300 years ago have led to a continued suppression of the people and lack of good infrastructure.
Project Helping Hands first sent medical teams to Haiti following the earthquake in January of 2010 and sent four teams that year. Now we send multiple teams there annually. We are there to serve the Haitian people and empower them to regain their health, strength, and spirit!