The small Caribbean country of Haiti is the poorest in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world. Eighty percent of its eight million people live in abject poverty, starting each day from ground zero and struggling just to make it to the next day. These economic realities also mean that the health of the Haitian people ranks as the worst in the Western Hemisphere. Of every one thousand children born in Haiti, 139 will die before reaching the age of five.
Consider Haiti is a non‐profit organization based in Asheville, North Carolina. It has one objective – to promote the health and welfare of children in Haiti. In furtherance of its goal, Consider Haiti is concentrating its efforts on four programs:
MEDICAL CARE PROGRAM: Teams of volunteers that include medical personnel provide week‐long clinics for Haitian children, thus bringing medical care to a large population that otherwise would have no access to such care. Typically more than a thousand children are seen during each of these medical trips.
COMMUNITY HEALTH AGENT PROGRAM: Using local community health agents, children suffering from severe malnutrition are enrolled in a short‐term program to rehabilitate their bodies. Along with specially‐formulated nutritional supplements, community health agents provide de-worming medicine and vitamins and offer guidance on improving health and wellness.
SUSTAINABLE NUTRITION PROGRAM: This program involves the distribution of goats, rabbits and other agricultural products to impoverished families along with instructions on how to use these resources to build sustainable sources of food and income. Every family with a child enrolled in the Community Health Agent Program will receive the gift of a female goat ready to be bred with a male goat provided by Consider Haiti or male and female rabbits ready to produce offspring.
CLEAN WATER PROGRAM: Most Haitians lack access to clean water, and as a result the contaminated water they are forced to drink or use for food preparation leads to widespread acute and chronic illnesses and is a major cause of death and misery. To combat this problem, Consider Haiti provides water filters effective in removing suspended solids and most pathogens to each family with a child enrolled in the Community Health Agent Program. Consider Haiti works conscientiously to assure all donated funds go directly to its programs in Haiti. It utilizes donated office space, it relies upon volunteers to manage its domestic operations and fund‐raising activities, and it requires all trip participants to pay their own airfare and room and board.
Consider Haiti is a nonprofit corporation organized under the laws of North Carolina. It also is recognized as 501(c)(3) tax‐exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Get involved.