55% of Haiti's population lives below the international poverty line and less than half of the adult population are able to read. emerge poverty free is investing in education so as to give the most vulnerable children opportunities for the future.
Starting in 2009, emerge poverty free began providing education to the pupils of Good Samaritan School located in Cité Soleil, Haiti. Cité Soleil is an informal settlement, one of the poorest but most populous areas around Port-au-Prince. One year after the earthquake, emerge poverty free begun the I Love School campaign to help rebuild and support the Good Samaritan School, and four other nearby schools, all destroyed by the earthquake.
Please click on the links below to find out about more about what's happening at each school or click here to view a video summarising our work.
Education is extremely important for the girls, especially in Haiti, as it remains the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. emerge poverty free has been working in Haiti since before the earthquake.
Sanitation related diseases and lack of safe water pose an immense threat to the health of children living in the slums.
Food shortage and high costs force people to eat mud cookies. These have been dried in the sun and had a bit of salt and cooking oil added to the mud for flavour.
No money for school uniforms, lack of adequate housing and going hungry are just some of the challenges that children living in extreme poverty are faced with on a daily basis.
The devastation caused by the earthquake in 2010 is evident in many places in Haiti. Hundreds of people still living in tents are exposed to extreme weather conditions and uncertain when they will be able to have permanent homes.