Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80 percent of Haitians living on less than two dollars a day. Haiti's poverty is exacerbated by the needs of a large population and by political and socioeconomic instability.
The dire situation in Haiti was worsened by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in January, 2010, which decimated the country's already decaying infrastructure. About 230,000 people died, and nearly 2 million Haitians were displaced.
Catholic Relief Services has served in Haiti since 1954. Our experience there allowed us to respond to the earthquake immediately and has positioned us to be a key development resource as the country recovers.
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|Population:||9,893,934 (July 2013 est.)|
|Size:||10,714 sq mi; about the size of Maryland|
Catholic Relief Services began working in Haiti in 1954 after Hurricane Hazel devastated the country and killed about 1,000 people. High population density, severe deforestation and decaying infrastructure make Haiti the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, particularly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. CRS Haiti is committed to helping the Haitian people in many aspects of their lives. In Haiti, CRS responds to emergencies, provides agriculture assistance, supports education and works to enhance the health care system throughout the country.