The Problems In Haiti

Haiti EarthquakeHaiti, a country with a rich heritage, shares the large Caribbean island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. Haiti is by far the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with over 70% of its population living on less than $2 a day. Battered by frequent hurricanes and the strongest earthquake in the Caribbean since 1770, (occurred near Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010) hundreds of thousands of Haitian have been killed and more than three million survivors are desperately in need of aid.

Haiti holds one of the lowest life expectancies, and the third highest hunger rate in the world, trailing only Somalia and Afghanistan. Haitian farms produce less than 40% of the countryís basic food requirements and more than half the population suffers from malnutrition. Protein scarcity is abundant. Despite their Caribbean location, Haitians consume only four pounds of fish per person Ė seven times less than the regions norm, making protein rare in Haitiansí diets.

Job creation is the only logical path to Haitian economic independence since more than 70% of workers are unemployed. While billions of dollars in aid have been made available for Haiti, current funding has been channeled to earthquake relief, charitable support of the people and the need to build infrastructure within the country (roads, electricity, housing, schools, etc.). The Haitian government, as well as that of the supporting nations, has been criticized many times for misuse of these badly needed funds.

Haitiís road to economic stability will be very difficult with its poor transportation systems, lack of available electrical power and usable water supplies, Haiti Earthquake and inadequate education system. Property right laws need to be updated and legal systems dealing with routine business activities are archaic.

Caribbean Harvest offers an oasis of prosperity for Haitiís sinking economy. Caribbean Harvest will be a fast responder to the economic and nutritional needs of the country by providing good paying jobs and funding for development of very poor villages around Haitiís large lakes.

President Bill Clinton, U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti, talks about his long history as an advocate for Haiti after earthquake

Bill Clinton: What Haiti Needs
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Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. More than half its population is malnourished, and with this year's earthquake and hurricanes, conditions have worsened. Foreign aid is only providing immediate relief and not long term progress.
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Caribbean Harvest is leading the effort to build a sustainable commercial fishing industry for Haiti. Through its hatcheries and fish farms CH can create thousands of jobs for unemployed fishermen who live in impoverished villages around Haitiís largest lakes.
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Caribbean Harvest is attempting to expand very rapidly and reach an annual production rate of 2 million pounds of tilapia by the end of 2012 with good jobs for over 450 people. Profits from fish sales will flow through the Caribbean Harvest Foundation to be used for housing, waters supplies, food, schools etc. With adequate funding the fast job growth can be sustained enabling thousands to be removed from absolute poverty.
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Large and small charitable donations are needed by Caribbean Harvest to stimulate this aggressive job growth program. Twelve gifts of $100 will put one new cage in operation. $300 will put a child in school. $2,200 will purchase 2 cages and instantly create one job. $120,000 provide 50 quality jobs that will sustain one village.
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