The West Indies nation of Haiti, situated on the island of Hispanola, is the poorest country of the western hemisphere. Satanic dedication of the country took place in 1791. With a national population of 9 million, the country continues to struggle with civil strife and oppression. Haiti now ranks 146th out of 177 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index. Eighty percent of the population is estimated live in abject poverty. Maternal and infant mortality rates are high and illiteracy rates hover around 50%. Years of violence and unrest have contributed to it’s political instability as evidenced by the physical presence of the United Nations troops. Ninety-five percent of the population practices Christianity but the majority of the Haitians also practice some form of voodoo. Life expectancy is 53 years.
Haiti in the news:
In January of 2010, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake that killed over 300,000 and left thousands more homeless and orphaned. NBI responded to the earthquake by sending several medical workers and supplies.
This country has remained as the least developed country in the Americas.
Food costs have soared beyond the average family’s reach, resulting in mudcakes being sold as food in the market.
Possible mission trip activities:
- Medical clinics
- Children and youth outreaches
- Sport camps
- Construction projects
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