The Devastation of Haiti
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Consider the following:
- 70% of the people have no formal employment
- More than 10,000 street kids, mostly boys as young as 6, some selling unprotected sex for $1.75
- The average 15 year old child slave (known as restaveks) are 1.5 inches shorter and 40 pounds lighter than the average free 15 year old (nationwide the number of restaveks ballooned from 109,000 in 1992 to 300,000 (or 1 in 10 Haitian children) in 1998, to 400,000 in 2002
- Out of every 1,000 urban children, 112 will die before age 5; in the countryside, the figure is 149 (by comparison, the number in the war-torn Congo is 108
- The average Haitian boy receives 2 years of schooling; the average girl, 1.3
Who can forget the horrifying news of January, 2010 when Port-au-Prince and surrounding communities were rocked by earthquakes that destroyed the city and left a death toll estimated at around a quarter of a million people? True to predictions, the devastating impact of that event has faded from our headlines. The public debate now is whether Haiti is a lost cause and even worth U.S. reinvestment. As the city lies in ruins, millions of people remain homeless and the burgeoning orphan population struggles at survival.
Despite it all, the Haitian people have amazing resilience and hope. Such faith and helplessness cannot be ignored.
Haiti has a Future and You Can Be a Part of it!
Beginning in 2012, JMI will partner with The Joseph School to construct and support a facility north of Port au Prince that will serve as a Christian Secondary School for older orphans. JMI will team with this school in working with orphanages from which the brightest children will be identified. One day, these scholars will live and learn on campus, receiving a world-class education to prepare them for an even higher education. The goal is for these young people to assume leadership roles in Haitian society, churches, businesses or government, helping to generate lasting solutions to the country’s problems.
At full capacity, The Joseph School will house and educate more than 350 future leaders trained in academics, service, leadership, discipleship, languages and Haitian history and culture.
To be a part of JMI’s efforts in making this vision for the Joseph School come true, watch our website for exciting information on future mission trips. You will also have the opportunity to sponsor and encourage one of these exceptional children and share in the re-creation of a life and a country’s future!
How Can You Help?
1. Consider going on a JMI mission trip or involving your church in creating its own team. Among JMI international mission trips, Haiti is the closest service area and the least expensive. If you have the skills and experience of a teacher, doctor, nurse, dentist or dental hygienist, gardener, entrepreneur or just want to help and love children, there is a place for you in Haiti and JMI can handle all your travel needs in and out of country.
2. Consider committing your company as a JMI Corporate Sponsor.
If you’re a socially conscious business owner or corporate decision maker, would you consider setting up JMI as beneficiary of your company’s charitable dollars? Contact Executive Director Steve Davis – [email protected] – to structure a corporate gift that matches the giving interests of your business.