Haiti is located in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately fifty miles southeast of Cuba and 565 miles southeast of Florida on the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola. Haiti occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola, shared with Dominican Republic, and is about the size of Maryland. The Republic of Haiti is the poorest and most densely populated country in the Western Hemisphere. Although French has been the official language of Haiti since it was founded as San-Dominique, only 10% of the population actually speaks the language. Haitian Creole, spoken by all Haitians, is the unofficial language of Haiti. Due to violence and AIDS, Haiti has the highest percentage of orphans of any country in the Western Hemisphere. Before the 2010 earthquake, the United Nations estimated there were 430,000 orphans. Now, numbers are closer to 780,000 orphans, with 15% of children considered orphaned or abandoned. The population of Haiti is approximately 9.7 million, with 70% living in poverty, making less than $400 per year. In 2013, Back2Back officially launched our Haiti site when Brent and Anna Fudge moved to Port-au-Prince.
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Jesus in Haiti Ministries, a ministry Back2Back partners with, was started by an American missionary in 2003. The ministry focused solely on a church and school just outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, until the devastating earthquake of 2010. Among the hundreds orphaned on this day were several students from Jesus in Haiti Ministries’ school. To care for these […]
Harvest Care is an orphanage to several children in Bon Repos, Haiti. It was started by Kelly and his wife, Madame Kelly, after God placed it on their hearts to care for orphans and street children in their community. After the earthquake of 2010, their orphanage home had cracked, injuring Kelly and causing a desperate need […]
Jesus Name Children’s Home was born out of the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12th, 2010. When the directors discovered sixteen children orphaned from the earthquake, they invited the children to live in their home. Soon after, Jesus Name Children’s Home opened its doors. Since then, the directors have been working diligently to provide […]