For many years, the number of children on the streets in the Haitian capital has been steadily rising. Increasing misery in the countryside has pushed people to leave the fields and squeeze themselves into slums. During 2020 and 2021, tragic events took place: the president of Haiti along with his wife was assassinated by rebels as a result of the president stealing money and resources from his people, causing the universities to close. In addition, there has been a series of floods, earthquakes, and most recently the pandemic, COVID 19, which caused the price of food to skyrocket. Haiti is a country fully dependent upon tourism and external commerce and right now, they are suffering as a result of the current state of the world.
These events and more led to many children finding themselves orphans and/or without housing. We currently have two very sick children at the children for whom we cover their medical bills.
In Haiti, the life expectancy is less than 53, and 47% of the population lives below the poverty line with less than one dollar per day. In addition, the majority of Haitians do not have access to clean drinking water, and about 170,000 orphans and 65% of all children in Haiti suffer from anemia. Under the current conditions of COVID19 and the restrictions, hunger and illness run rampant in the slums.
Jacmel : Chemins la Vie
In 2005, Prométhée Humanitaire decided to work to create the Fondation KROMA, to help children on the streets of Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, with the greater objective of opening a center to offer them housing, food, clothing, and medical help, as well as an education and cultural activities.
Following the aggression and departure of its director, our actions in Haiti have continued under the new statutes of Chemins la Vie.
Since the earthquake of January 12, 2010, we have been supported by the Ministries of the Interior, of Outre-mer, of the Collective Territories, and of Immigration. We have also been supported by the organization “Mais il est où, le soleil” (But where is the sun) to purchase land in Cyvadier, just outside the city of Jacmel, which was heavily affected by the earthquake, in order to take in 18 children.
We are actively searching for partners to construct a center that conforms to anti-seismic protocols.