Decreasing Poverty Rates in Haiti don't Tell Whole Story

Haiti looks like it is reducing rates of poverty in the country overall, but a look at statistics for metro and rural areas shows a disturbing discrepancy between the two. In the country at large, those living below the poverty line decreased from 31% to 24% from 2000-2012. However, when you differentiate metro and rural areas' poverty rates, a different picture emerges. In cities like Port-au-Prince the poverty rate rises to just over 20%, whereas in places like Les Cayes it is nearly 70%.

Here are some other statistics that demonstrate inequities between metro and rural areas. In metro areas the poverty rated dropped from 21% to 12% from 2000-2012, but in rural regions stagnated for the same 12-year time frame. In cities 63% of the population is on the power grid, but only 11% in the country get power. Modern sanitation facilities are available to 48% of the metro population, while only 16% get clean drinking and bathing water in rural regions.

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Women who head households is the poorest group of rural people in Haiti

Greed-Motivated Power Structure Keeps Rural Poor from Fairer Income Distribution

Haiti is a country chronically victimized by food insufficiency and starvation. Lack of access to birth control leads to uncontrolled population growth, and government and social instability plus economic downturns keep poverty rates egregiously high.

Its agriculture sector, one-third of the economy, cannot produce adequate crop yields and livestock to feed the populace. Almost two-thirds of the food necessary to keep people well-fed is imported. 80% of its rice supply is provided mainly by the U.S

The income gap between rich and poor is absurdly wide: 40% of those living below the poverty line get less than 6% of the island's annual income while the top 2% wealthiest keep 26% of the country's income in their pockets. Remittances sent by the Diaspora are essential to the poor whether they are better or worse off.

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Haiti Shows Great Advances In Anti-Poverty Efforts, According To UNDP

According to the latest Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report for Haiti, there's an indicated remarkable advancement for the country in the health and education sectors in particular, Stephan Dujarric, said on Thursday.

The UN spokesman made the announcement during a daily news briefing. He said that the Haitian government has tried to achieve some of the MDGs and it is in the right direction towards development. The new report launched by the government of Haiti and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) indicated that some of the goals have been reached and others are almost to be reached. According to Dujarric, the enrollment in primary schools increased from 47% in 1993 to 88% in 2011, which also achieved almost equal participation of both girls and boys.

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Starvation in Bas des Moustiques - Ti Trip Ap vale Gro Trip

On the outskirts of the northwestern city of Port-de-Paix in Haiti, lies the village of Bas des Moustiques. It has been reported that the level of starvation has affected the entire population. A lack of rain in the region in recent Months has prevented harvest of crops and the population is paying a price for that.

It is estimated that around 143,000 people have been diagnosed with chronic malnutrition in the region.

A mother of 11 children recently interviewed, was unable to determine what she should do with her children. She is unable to send them to school or to feed them. She actually admitted that she feels sorry for having her children.

Did You Know That?:

Severe malnutrition suffered in the first two years of life can result in irreversible physical and mental disabilities and depressed immune systems

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Sean Penn's third annual Help Haiti benefit raised nearly $6 million

This year, the third annual Help Haiti Home benefit dinner party organized by Sean Penn was held at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on January 11, 2014. The event raised close to $6 million for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization and there were many surprised and drama.

Among the internationally known individuals, you find Bette Midler, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Piers Morgan, Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman and Idris Elba just to name a few.

The biggest surprise was the apparition of U2, the Irish rock band from Dublin. The popular musical band was formed in 1976.

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Community restaurants North of Haiti "Gouvenman an lakay ou"

Sustained on contributions of 10 gourdes, the community restaurant project, run in 11 community restaurants across the country, serves 500 hot meals between Monday and Friday at each establishment. On the occasion of the Gouvènman an lakay ou's 3rd edition, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor (MAST), Charles Jean Jacques, gave a rousing speech in which he underscored the benefit of these community restaurants to the country.

As such, 7 more of these restaurants are to be opened as part of a larger development plan for the north of Haiti. These will add to the number located in places such as: Nan Banann, Morne Rouge, Plaisance, Limonade, Fort-Bourgeois, Limbé, Fourgeolle and Grande Rivière du Nord. Three of the new restaurants were opened up in Milot, Petite-Anse et à Carrefour des Père as part of the commemoration of the 210th anniversary of the Battle of Vertières.

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Brother Franklin Armand Community of the Incarnation - Artificial lakes

Brother Franklin Armand and Brother Auxillian of Community of the Incarnation (COI) established Little Brothers and Sisters of the Incarnation Orphanage in 1976. Their mission has been to minister to Haiti's peasant class. Called upon in 2010 to provide shelter and food for displaced children of the earthquake, the two siblings gave them a safe place, clothed, and educated them.

The brothers have also built several private schools, a healthcare facility, a vocational- training institute, and an agriculture school. The cost to educate agriculture students is exorbitant by Haitian standards, $2,000 per student annually. And yet the brothers manage to keep it going, with about one-third of funding coming from the European Union, and the rest from GOH and international-aid donors.

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Haiti, one of the highest population densities in the world

Haiti, the poorest country in Western Hemisphere has one of the highest population densities in the world. In 2010, the population of Haiti was 9.6 million and it is estimated to grow up to 13.4 million by the end of 2050, says the U.S. Census Bureau. The figures were given by International Data Base of U.S. Census Bureau that has a compilation of the estimated population as well as projected population for 227 countries.

According to the Haitian government, the devastating earthquake that had hit Haiti in 2010, claimed 230,000 lives, which was 3 times the total deaths that occurred in Haiti a year before. The population density value for Haiti in 2011 was 367.34 in 2011. Population density represents the number of people that live in one square kilometer of land area. This was the highest population density that was ever registered in Haiti in last 50 years.

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What is Ti Manman Chery and Ede Pep?

Ti Manman Cheri is a social welfare program that was launched on 27th May 2012 by the President of the Republic of Haiti. It is the first of its kind welfare program under which, the government will provide facilities to extremely poor families with children. The program will facilitate schooling and improve living conditions and the first beneficiaries targeted were Carrefour Feuilles, Cité Soleil, Fort National and Bel-Air. The government planned to use $13 million from PetroCaribe to fund this program.

According to Ti Manman Cheri, government proposed to send money through Tchocho mobile phone service of Digicel to every mother given the condition that their children enrolled and went to school regularly. 400, 600 or 800 gourdes would be given every month to mothers with 1, 2 or 3 child respectively. Initial registration was decided to be for 6 months with 10 allowed renewals totaling up to 5 years. The program aimed at reaching 100,000 beneficiary families.

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The Four Basic Types of Hunger

Hunger can be classified into 4 broad categories which are, 'Mind Hunger', 'Body Hunger', 'Stomach Hunger' and 'Taste Hunger'. Each of these types is briefly covered below.

Mind Hunger: This can be attributed to habit and mind separately. Habit hunger is a type of hunger where we eat because if habit. For instance, if someone always maintains a schedule for eating meals, that person will invariably eat as per defined schedule even if he or she isn't hungry. The schedule is maintained by the person but the habit is maintained by mind. Mind hunger on other hand is all about unreal hunger. When a person doesn't eat for long hours, the mind force him or her to think that he or she is hunger despite the fact that the person may not be hungry.

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