Haiti Then and Now

HAITI – Once a Tropical Paradise…

Christopher Columbus landed in the New World in 1492, discovering a rich, tropical island paradise which became known as Hispaniola.  Today, the western third of the island, about the size of the state of Maryland, comprises the country of Haiti, home to over 11 million people, a third of which inhabit the capital city of Port-au-Prince. 

It is almost inconceivable to imagine how drastically things have changed over the last 500 years.  The lush forests that once covered this bountiful island have virtually disappeared.  The rich, fertile soil has eroded into the sea.  And what was once the wealthiest colony in the Caribbean is now the poorest country in the entire western hemisphere.  In fact, a full 80% of Haitian people live under the poverty line, with 54% in abject poverty.  Even the most basic of human needs – food and potable water – are not sufficiently available in many areas of the country.  And, to make things worse, over 40% of the Haitian population are children under the age of 15.

Needless to say, the devastation caused by the destructive 2010 earthquake, not to mention the various hurricanes and tropical storms that continue to batter this vulnerable country, have not helped.

… Still, Hope Springs Eternal

But all is not lost.  Poor as they may be, the indomitable spirit and hope of the Haitian people is alive and well.  One can see it every day in the smiles of the children.

Kindred Journey is a non-profit charitable organization that strives relentlessly to nurture that spirit, working through the Little Brothers and Little Sisters of the Incarnation religious order, who live among the peasants in one of Haiti’s poorest regions – the Central Plateau in and around the village of Pandiassou and the town of Hinche.  Over the past four decades, funds provided through Kindred Journey have made a tremendous difference by providing food and potable water for thousands of Haitian children and their families.

We warmly welcome you to join us in this worthy endeavor.  Feel free to browse this site for more information on how your tax-deductible donation to Kindred Journey can touch the lives of some of the world’s poorest people – people who face a daily struggle for existence only a few hundred miles from the U.S. border.