Children 15 and under = roughly 1/3 of population
About 2/3 of population live in rural areas
Total population 60.7% literate
59% of the population lives on less then US$2 per day (World Bank 2012)
24.7% live in extreme poverty on less than US1$.25 per day. (UNDP 2013)
Poverty is mainly rural at 75.2% vs 40.8%in urban areas. (MDG rpt 2013)
Over two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs. (CIA Factbook 2014)
Dominican Republic is on the SAME ISLAND as Haiti-
Humanitarian aid is necessary in short-term DISASTER, but it’s become a permanent model.Honorable intentions, devastating effects on local economies.
“You just can’t take the food chain out of production. It also undermines a lot of the culture, the fabric of life, the sense of self-determination…We made this devil’s bargain on rice. And it wasn’t the right thing to do. We should have continued to work to help them be self-sufficient in agriculture.”*
Lost capacity to produce rice crop in Haiti
“Instead of sending us rice, we would like to export to them. Maybe they can ensure job creation instead of donating”**
80% of children in orphanages in Haiti are not true orphans- they have at least one living parent.
No money to feed children, no education, no safe place to live → relinquish child to orphanage as last resort.
Parents give up child to orphanage → child is drained of emotional ties of growing up with a parent.
System addressing orphans is actually creating orphans…
About 1 in 6
Haitians live abroad in search of better economic opportunities. Losing skilled workers.
Goal Must be:
Assist in the further development of Haiti →Those born in Haiti can STAY and build up their country.
“Amanda was a begging girl in the street asking for money with her parents. Now she’s with us in the Mission Light Church of Life Orphanage.”
“He lost his father and was found living in the street with his mom begging everywhere. Sometimes slept without eating anything. Someone explained to his mom about our mission and now he’s with us in the Mission Light Church of Life Orphanage.”
Grow a profitable business in a rural community in Haiti → boost local economy
Invest in a nonprofit foundation
Implement a program for gathering and extracting venom from the Blue Scorpion
Educate and employ native citizens of a rural community in Haiti. A to be decided percent of profits donated back to foundation to further stimulate the local economy.
PetLife’s Non-Profit Foundation
Same land as for-profit business, in process of being formed will be established fourth quarter of 2017
TOTAL estimated cost: $900,000 USD
Implement Scorpion Collection Program and Infrastructure
Abolish the poverty mindset, Create hope, and a domino effect of success
The rise out of poverty is well underway...
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