Haiti is a bleak place for children. Of 1,000 children born, 359 die before reaching their fifth birthday. The high mortality rate is caused by the lack of food and clean water, and insufficient access to basic healthcare, including immunizations against childhood diseases already eliminated in many other countries. Over 40% of Haitian children never get the chance to go to school. This trend certainly does not produce educated citizens who can make a meaningful contribution to the development of their country.
This last year has been even more challenging because of the turbulent political situation and prolonged street violence. However, the situation cannot continue forever and The Peter Hesse Foundation will continue it’s support to poor children in Haiti who need it more than ever.
Report on the current situation as reported by Aljazeera: