Haiti ranks as the third poorest country in the world. This densely populated Caribbean nation of eight million people has an average per capita income of less that $2 per day. If suffers from the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the Western Hemisphere. Over 60% of the people go to bed hungry every night; 70% are illiterate. Approximately one of every 10 children die before their first birthday – one in five die before their fifth birthday – from diseases that cost mere pennies to treat. The catastrophic earthquake on January 12, 2010, created new and additional need for humanitarian assistance.
Since 2007, USIM has contributed to the Haitian American Partnership Program, Inc. (HAPPI). HAPPI supports the Bill Rice Medical Clinic and School at Nouvelle Cité on the Haitian island of La Gonâve. Students have to pay monthly tuition to attend the school. Very few school supplies are available, and teachers often are not paid.
Our donations go directly to:
- School books and supplies
- Food and tuition
- Infant and small children nutrition program
- Antibiotics and other medications
- Musical instruments
- Building privies
In addition to HAPPI, USIM supports: