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Feed the Children serves in the “West” region of Haiti, helping children and families rebuild their lives after the earthquake.

Haitian kids live in an idyllic setting among crystal clear waters of the beaches, the rolling mountain ranges and the rugged river valleys. Haiti is located in the Caribbean on the western part of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic.

But, their country’s story is less than idyllic. The number of Haitians living with HIV/AIDS remains high (though the situation is improving — by 2011, 58% of Haitians living with HIV were getting antiretroviral therapy, and the rate of new infections fell by 54%). In January 2010, a 7.0 earthquake killed 230,000 people and disrupted the lives of 1.5 million. Life for most children in Haiti was already difficult, but the earthquake changed everything. Poverty and hardship are at an all-time high, and the rebuilding process is slow.

Haitian kids wonder when they’ll ever feel safe. Nightmares about that day haunt them in their sleep. Hunger, uncertainty and worry haunt them every day. They wonder what they will eat. They wonder if mom and dad will have enough money for school fees next year. They wonder if things will ever get better.

Haiti Basics

10.4 million
Poverty Rate
Average Life Expectancy
63 years
School-aged Girls Uneducated
Kids Fed Each School Day

Food & Nutrition

When Haitian kids go to our schools, they know they will eat. It’s one of the few places they can count on finding food to eat. The earthquake and aftershocks ruined many of the country’s food supplies, so the need for food here is critical.

In Haiti, 2,100 children benefit from our feeding programs. Our feeding centers not only support our school feeding programs, but they also assist children suffering from malnutrition.

Health & Water

At school, we’ve made sure that kids get to use toilets and hand-washing stations. (In the last year, we’ve built five latrines and nine hand-washing stations.) But kids need clean water at home too, so we also provide dozens of families with latrines and build longer water lines. This year, we’re building a new water system to serve an entire community. This will give clean water to over 1,000 children.

Even when children eat healthy foods, they still get sick regularly because they pick up common intestinal parasites. We are helping children fight back with deworming medication and medical care as needed.


Providing meals at school helps encourage kids to come to school more regularly. We also see it help them pay attention and learn better since they aren’t distracted by growling tummies.

Schools also serve as a great place to provide kids with proper clothing and shoes. We currently serve over 2,000 children through our health programs in schools.


Parents need the right tools to end the cycle of hunger. And all the more since the earthquake damaged or destroyed many homes and businesses, as well as critical infrastructure.

Our livelihoods programs help families rebuild their lives materially, physically and financially. We give families goats, teach them about composting and help them plant trees. In the last year, we’ve established three farming groups, each group has established a tree nursery and they are producing 50,000 tree seedlings already!

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One GIft Can Change a Child's Life

When you donate to Feed the Children, we can multiply that donation 5 times because of our corporate partners. Your gifts go where kids need help the most: nutritious food to eat, safe and clean water to drink, school and supplies, and even new ways to make a living. Their mothers might even receive a goat that will provide them milk, meat and a baby goat to share with their neighbors. And most of all, these kids can dream about a brighter tomorrow for themselves and their families.

Your donation can help end the cycle of poverty in Haiti and other countries around the world!

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