Poverty in Haiti – How Bad Is It?

Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, bar none. Today, roughly 6 million Haitians live in poverty, and the situation shows no signs of improving. This means that many Haitians live on as little as $2 per day: that’s $2 for food, for living accommodations, for everything. The situation is untenable, leading to untold death and suffering, and as people of conscience, we need to do something. Many Haitians have sought better lives in neighboring Dominican Republic, fleeing to Amina in Santiago. There, however, they meet – at best – uncertainty.

No Way Forward

The economic refugees who manage to make the journey to Amina end up in hiding. If discovered, they face deportation back to Haiti. Over a three-year period, the Dominican government deported upwards of 70,000 Haitians, sending them back to abject poverty, to near starvation and a country devoid of life-sustaining resources. From the outside looking in, this situation seems hopeless, but if you speak with Haitians themselves, you will quickly get a sense of their indomitable spirit and their steadfast persistence. They refuse to give up, choosing life every time, and because of their courage, we feel inspired to do something to help them.

Our Plans

One of the things that Haitians need most is healthcare. By and large, healthcare remains woefully out of reach for Haitians who are living in the ghetto in Santiago. When they fall ill, they have nowhere to turn and no one to ask for help. There are no doctors, no medicine, and no treatments available to them in the country where they have sought refuge. We are launching our own clinic, through which we will offer assistance to the Haitian community living in Santiago. This clinic will provide healthcare free of charge, saving lives and making an immediate impact on the Haitian population in the Dominican Republic.

Where We Are Currently

So far, we have purchased the land on which we will build our clinic. This land is well-situated, and the area suits our needs. We have also researched what we need to do next to launch the clinic successfully. As confident as we are in this clinic’s potential, we know that there is a great deal of work in front of us. Purchasing land required a significant chunk of money, but it was only the first step of many. We continue to plan our launch and to communicate with people who can help us. Gathering information and resources, we are setting ourselves up for a successful clinic launch.

What We Need to Do

We still need to hire staff, stock materials, and build the clinic itself. Our plans are detailed, but at every step, we are short of the funding that we need. Everything that we aim to do will cost money – money that we do not have at our disposal yet. If we can build the clinic and set it up effectively, we can start to shift our attention toward sustainability. Until then, though, our only concern is with opening our doors. That is the sole goal that we have set for ourselves – welcoming our first patients in out of the elements so that we can care for them.

Our Fundraising Goal

To launch our clinic in Amina, we need to raise at least ${amount}. That may seem like a small amount of money, but it is huge for our purposes. Hit that goal and we will be able to start changing lives, offering a form of protection and compassion that many of our patients have never seen before. Fighting and preventing disease, we know that we can make a difference in these people’s lives, but we cannot do any of this without your support.

To say thanks to everyone who makes a contribution to this campaign, we will send out regular updates on all the progress that we make launching our clinic. We will then keep you in the loop regarding the initiatives that we run at our clinic and the lives that we touch every single day.

Make your contribution now and help us serve the Haitian community in Amina!

Planning for the Future

In the long run, we would like to set up funding channels so that we can keep our clinic open permanently. We know that there are people around the world who would be eager to lend us their support if they only knew how much we needed them. Diverting a portion of our funding toward an awareness campaign, we will work hard to make sure that people hear about what we are doing.

Risks & Challenges

The way that we see it, there is much more risk inherent to stalling on this project any longer. The sooner our clinic is operational, the less likely it is that anyone will die from something that we could have prevented or treated. If we do encounter any logistical issues while we are building and launching our clinic, we will let everyone know, remaining transparent throughout this process and communicating with you regarding how we are using the funds that we raise.

One Other Thing…

In addition to making a monetary contribution to this campaign, you can show your support for our clinic by sharing a link to this campaign on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tik Tok, and any other social media platforms you use. If there is someone out there who does not know what is going on in Haiti, tell them all about it and then tell them that they can help out by visiting this campaign.

We appreciate all your support, monetary and non-monetary alike, and we thank you for taking the time.

The people of Haiti salute you!

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