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Haiti

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Sponsors have helped Haitian children since 1968, when Compassion teamed up with churches in Haiti to fight poverty.

Where in the World?

west side of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola

Favorite ...

sports: soccer, basketball

foods: rice, beans, goat meat, joumou (a squash and beef soup)

celebrations: Carnival, New Year's Day, Easter, Rara

Claim to Fame

has the most mountains of any Caribbean country

Wild Residents

Hispaniolan parrots, iguanas, manatees, burrowing owls

Poverty Pitfalls

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Tropical storms are common and kill many food crops. Churches help sponsored children's families find safe places to live.
A big earthquake in 2010 ruined homes, buildings and streets. Compassion built new schools for sponsored children after the quake.
Many kids get sick from mosquito bites. Sponsored kids learn how to prevent mosquito bites.

Kinkajou!

Fun Facts

The country's name means "land of the mountains."

money: gourde

has many Royal palm trees, which can grow up to 60 feet tall

shares an island (Hispaniola) with the Dominican Republic

Haitians celebrate Carnival in February with parades, music and parties.

Stat Snapshot

Stats

Haiti ?? United States 🇺🇸

Population

10,646,714 339,665,118

People Living in Poverty

58.5% 15.1%

Languages

French, Creole

English, Spanish, Chinese, other

Religions

Roman Catholic 54.7%, Protestant 28.5%, none 10.2%, other 4.6%, Voodoo 2.1% (but many Roman Catholics in Haiti also practice Voodoo)

Protestant 46.5%, none/other 26.1%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah’s Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%

Typical Family Income

$1,800 per year $63,700 per year

MAIN SOURCE: World Factbook, 2018

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