Project in Haiti
After the terrible earthquake in Haiti in 2010, not only the capital Port-au-Prince, but also many coastal areas were completely destroyed and around 300,000 people fell victim to this tragedy. About three million people were affected and many were left homeless. This has been followed by a series of catastrophic epidemics, landslides, floods, droughts and hurricanes that have occurred at roughly equal intervals in recent years.
Political instability, lack of jobs, absolute poverty, hunger and chaos have resulted in extremely low life expectancy (40 years) and an enormous child mortality rate. The literacy rate is only 20-25%. A huge number of street children have flooded the country.
In Haiti, in the Ouanaminthe community in the Northeast Department, there is a public school that not only offers street children an elementary and spiritual education, but also helps them materially. Swisscows supports this school in particular.
For the majority of students, school is the only place where they get a hot meal. Through searches on Swisscows, the school receives financial support for the purchase of food, school supplies and the salaries of the five teachers.
The school currently teaches and cares for 150 children. In order to take in more children in need and to protect them from gangs and child prostitution, Swisscows wants to finance the construction of a new school. This can give the young generation hope and a future.