The Meal-a-Day School in Haiti supports over two hundred children in an area near Port-au-Prince. These people had to flee their homes after the earthquake and have been living in temporary tents. However, these temporary homes became permanent housing in very poor conditions. Meal-a-Day has been working with Pure Water for the World to bring clean
water to the region and are also funding a school. Brother Esmath Sainval runs the school with help from Meal-a-Day. It gives hope for a brighter future in a place where fifty percent of children never attend school. The cost per student for the school is roughly $160. Of that about $40 per child goes toward funding the nutrition program for the whole school year. For the amount many in North America spend on coffee each month, one can feed an under-privileged child in Haiti.
If you would like to get involved or organize an event to benefit Meal-a-Day, please contact us.
Facts about Haiti:
- Some 55% of Haiti’s 9 million people live below the poverty line of US $1 a day
- Rural households spend almost 60% of their income on food; the poorest groups spend more than 70%
- Chronic malnutrition affects 24% of children under five, rising as high as 40% in the poorest zones
Poor diet means many women and children suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. Anaemia affects 59% of children between the ages of six months and 5 years.