Children in Haiti

Before the earthquake in 2010, Haiti was already a desperately poor country. Decades of environmental degradation, violence, instability and dictatorship left it as the poorest country in the Americas. The diet is poor and consists mainly of rice and beans.

Growing up in Haiti

  1. Healthcare is scarce and prohibitively expensive
  2. Infant mortality rates are high and thousands of children are orphaned
  3. Nearly 10% of all children die before they reach the age of five
  4. Although education is compulsory for children from the ages of seven to fourteen, the lack of classroom space and trained teachers makes it difficult to enforce this law
  5. Only 10% of the country’s primary schools are provided by the government; the rest are private.

Our Children's Villages in Haiti

SOS Children’s Villages began its work in Haiti in 1978. In January 2010 the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, was hit by a devastating earthquake which killed thousands of people and left many children orphaned and without homes.

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Santo

Another Haitian SOS Children's Village was built in Santo in 1984, approximately 15km from Port-au-Prince. It has 19 family houses and an SOS Youth Home with the capacity to give a home to 190 children. Each family house has its own garden to grow vegetables and fruit.text

Cap Haitien

Following economic collapse in the country in 1986, high unemployment resulted in many families becoming desperately poor. We decided to increase our presence in the country and in the late 1980s the SOS Children's Village Cap Haitien was established.

Les Cayes

The latest SOS Children's Villages is located in Les Cayes – Haiti’s third-largest city in the south of the country – which offers loving homes to up to 135 orphaned and abandoned children.

Local Contact

SOS Villages d’Enfants Haiti

Boîte Postale 966 et 1691

Port-au-Prince

Haiti

Tel: +509 2813 0370

e-mail: bureau.national@sos-haiti.org

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