The Cause Of Poverty In Haiti

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Introduction Haiti is the poorest country in the world with a poverty rate of 77 percent. Since the earthquake hit it has caused over 8 million dollars in damage. In the last few years, the world as a whole has forgotten about the Haitian community to focus on newer problems that have stirred up. Even before the earthquake destroyed Haiti, 1.9 million people were in need of food assistance (Top 5 Facts about Poverty in Haiti ). 59 percent of the population lives on less than 2 dollars per day (Haiti Statistics. (n.d.)). While 24 percent lives in extreme poverty on less than 1.25 dollars per day(Haiti Statistics. (n.d.)). Over two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs, and half the jobs are only temporary (Haiti Statistics. (n.d.)). …show more content…

Only 55% of children in Haiti are able to go to school, while only about 30% of those only get to progress to the fifth grade(Top 5 Facts about Poverty in Haiti). As a result, half of Haitians are illiterate, and without proper education the people of Haiti are unable to break free of the never ending cycle of poverty. There is an immensely about of children that are orphans in Haiti, due to the fact the parents don’t have the money to provide for them. There were an estimated 380,000 prior to the earthquake, and thousands added to that after the earthquake (Top 5 Facts about Poverty in Haiti). However, there are roughly 250,000 children working as servants and often treated as slaves (Top 5 Facts about Poverty in …show more content…

Its purchasing power parity GDP fell 8% in 2010 (from $12.15 billion to $11.18 billion) and the GDP per capita remained unchanged at 1,200 (Facts About Haiti. (n.d.)). Haiti ranked 145 of 182 countries in the 2010 United Nations Human Development Index, with 57.3% of their populations being deprived in at least three of the HDI’s poverty measures (Facts About Haiti. (n.d.)). While 80% of the population is living under the poverty line, 54% in abject poverty (Facts About Haiti. (n.d.)). Most of the Haitian community lives on less than $2 a day (Facts About Haiti. (n.d.)). After Michel Martelly’s five-year term as president expired in February 2016 Haiti has been politically paralyzed since there was no one elected in his place (Haiti.

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