May is Haitian Heritage Month!

haitiMay is Haitian Heritage Month in the United States! It is time to celebrate all things Haitian – from music and folklore to language and cuisine. But it is also a time to reflect on the struggles of this tiny Caribbean country.

Located just 681 miles from Miami, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It has a long history of political violence and corruption, as well as significant deforestation and resource depletion. These problems were compounded when the island was struck by a 7.0 hurricane in January, 2010. As a result, it is said that 70% of Haitians live on under $2 per day and that almost half a million are still homeless.

Fortunately, several non-profits are devoted to improving the lives of the people of Haiti. Op4G is proud to partner with 2 such non-profits. Greater Good Haiti provides “basic primary education as well as environmental sustainability education through school programs, public forums, and community based projects in under-served communities”. Furthermore, A Chance for Kids provides Haitian children with educational programs, social activities, and athletic events. Please support our partners today!

Flickr photo credit: Cecilia

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