Haiti is the 3rd hungriest country in the world. The average Haitian eats only one meal a day, meaning many do not eat. One of the world’s poorest countries, Haiti has been defined by the World Bank as a low-income chronic food deficit country – able to produce less than half of its food needs (43% in 2008). 80% of Haitians live on less than $2 a day, while 60% of Haitians live on less than $1 a day. 24% of children suffer from stunted growth as a result of malnutrition.*
In 2011, BGM - a door to hope distributed approximately 1,440 bags of rice throughout villages in Haiti, totaling over 72,000 pounds. In addition to rice, beans, powdered milk, fish, peanut butter and oil were also distributed to provide over 50,000 meals for various families.
a door to hope has developed feeding programs for at-risk villages that have been identified through local assistance. Food that is distributed to villages include: rice, beans, fish, powdered milk, etc. Feeding programs have also been developed in partnering orphanages and schools where rice, beans, fish, and peanut butter is distributed on a consistent basis. Through these programs we have seen a drastic change in the health and nutrition of both children and adults. In 2012, we hope to develop an agricultural and gardening program in this village to better provide sustainability.
*Info from www.project 81haiti.org, www.usaid.gov and www.helpinghaitisorphans.org