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HAITI's BACKGROUND


 

BACKGROUND ABOUT HAITI

In Haiti, children are the most vulnerable population.  To start with, they live in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere that is chronically plagued by sustained food crisis, disease and a slew of serious epidemics.  The poverty level is atrociously excruciating; causing tens of thousands of Haitian children to grow up malnourished and under-schooled in a nation of uncertainty, as well as exist without any viable options.

For Haiti,  it is a nation that has endured 210 years of economic challenges and hardships.  As a result, he Haitian people, especially the children have had to endure  decades of adversities. 

Post-earthquake Haiti, the country is turing a new leaf; despite the fact that the country remains under-developed and economically and developmentally stagnant. 

Nevertheless, the dark shadow that had benighted the country for 210 years has been enlightened, and Haiti and its problems are no longer invisible to the global world.  Since this awakening, the global community is aware of the dire situation in Haiti, as well as the daily plight of the Haitian people.  The global world now recognizes the horror that once lied beneath its surface.

ABOUT L’LE DE LA TORTUE


L'Île de la Tortue, its French name for ‘Turtle Island,’ is a remote and impoverished island of Haiti that is located off the northwest coast of Port-de-Paix Province, which is topgrapically humped shape and resembles a turtle. Interestingly, L'Île de la Tortue serves as a nesting habitat for four species of sea turtles including the hawksbill, loggerhead, leatherback and green turtle.

L'Île de la Tortue covers an estimated area of 180 km (69 miles), and is surrounded by lush vegetation and white sandy beaches.  Due to the lack of adequate data,  the population of the island is estimated between 28,000 to 60,000 inhabitants.  The inhabitants of L'Île de la Tortue are extremely impoverished and rely on remittances from families abroad, as well as acquiring resources through agricultural farming for their livelihood.