Almost 90 percent of the country is unemployed. Two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs.
Years of wholesale tree removal and poor agricultural practices have left the environment ravaged. With the ecosystem dying and the soil erosion, Haitians have limited sources for clean water or fertile land for their crops.
Every day is a
struggle to survive.
Love A Child’s work in Haiti is chiefly focused on improving the lives of children who suffer under these extreme hardships.
Many Haitian children are severely malnourished because they go day-to-day without food–or in an effort to fill their stomachs, they eat ashes, pebbles, even goat feces or whatever they can find.
Astonishingly, one in ten Haitian children never live to see their fifth birthday. For the poor, finding food is top priority. Many children and most adults do not have a full meal every day.
Love A Child (LAC) works to ease their suffering, providing millions of meals to hungry people every year. We travel deep inside Haiti (to what we refer to as the “regions beyond”) taking food and water to some of the most remote villages on the island.
Children in our 18 Love A Child schools also receive a hot meal every day–that’s food for more than 8,500 children daily! For many of our students, it’s the only meal they will eat that day. Beyond filling their bellies, these nutritious meals fuel their developing minds and bodies giving them a chance of reaching their full potential.
At Love A Child we believe that sharing food is the perfect opportunity to share God’s message.
Our missionaries have found that it is easier to “win someone to the Lord” while demonstrating the love of God.
Most of our food is donated by Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)–an invaluable partner in LAC’s Feeding Program. The food is packaged and shipped in 40-foot containers. Love A Child pays to transport the food from FMSC to the Port of Miami. From there, we pay ocean freight charges to transport the food to Haiti. Once in Haiti, we work with customs officials to have the containers released.
Shipping such large containers incurs many charges including: docking fees, brokerage fees, government fees, and more. For each container of food, Love A Child spends $10,000 in transportation fees. You might say this is a lot of money, but really it’s a small price to pay for 272,000 meals to feed starving children.