"Haiti's first schools were established shortly after the Constitution of 1805, which mandated free and compulsory primary education. The Education Act of 1848 created rural primary schools with a limited, mostly agricultural curriculum. But while education has been promoted, at least in principle, by Haiti's post-colonial leaders, a comprehensive, accessible school system never developed. Even today, the majority of Haitians receive no formal education, and only a small minority are educated beyond primary school." -- The History & Culture of Haiti, The Cultural Orientation Resource Center
"The poverty in Haiti is reflected in the health statistics of its population. The infant mortality rate is the highest in the Americas, and life expectancy, at approximately 52 years, is the lowest in the Caribbean. Since Haiti has the second-lowest per capita caloric intake in the world, malnutrition is widespread, especially among the young and the poor." -- The History & Culture of Haiti, The Cultural Orientation Resource Center
As you can see, the economic, educational and health situation of children and families in Haiti are extreme. The projects that we fund are ESSENTIAL to the continuing recovery, growth, development and future - not only of Juampas Village - but for all the people of Haiti. You see, what we do in relationship with other efforts around the country is extending HOPE, an opportunity for healing, to this present and rising generation.
In this section, you will find more information about our current initiatives which include: