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The average age for a rural Haitian child to start school is 9.  HFHF has children age 2 in preschool.

Between 50 – 80% of rural Haitians are illiterate.  HFHF has 100% literacy by the 6th grade. We house the only library and computer lab within a 50 mile radius.

The leading cause of death in Haitian children under 5 is dehydration from diarrhea.  HFHF provides rehydration treatment and water filters to prevent deaths from diarrhea. We employ 19 community health workers to provide education for families to prevent diarrhea.

In rural Haiti, there is 1 doctor for every 10,000 patients.  HFHF employs a 7 person team at our Zorangé clinic, with US medical professionals providing support and training throughout the year.

The passing rate for the national education exam in Haiti is less than 10%. 100% of HFHF’s 6th graders and 92% of 9th graders passed the national exam in 2011.

1 in 12 Haitian children die before their 5th birthday.  HFHF is providing access to healthcare in remote communities, allowing for early detection of disease.

Per capita income in Haiti is $250 per year. The unemployment rate is 70%.  HFHF runs a trade school to teach professional skills for tailoring, computers, and English. HFHF employs 80 Haitians with fair living wages.

45% of Haitian children have never been to school.  HFHF works in over 18 schools throughout Haiti, training teachers and providing scholarships for children.

3 of 4 Haitians have no running water. Most Haitians walk 2 miles roundtrip to get unclean water for drinking, bathing, cooking, and cleaning.  HFHF is currently working on providing running water at our school and clinic, and to the community at large. We provide water filters to families.

The average school child walks 2 hours to get to school. By providing additional schools throughout rural Haiti, HFHF’s work allows children to learn close to home.

For every woman that dies from childbirth in the US, 61 women die in Haiti from childbirth. HFHF provides maternity training to our nurses and community health workers, as well as training the traditional birth attendants in the area.

Only 24% of births are attended by a skilled health professional in Haiti.  HFHF aims to hire midwives that can continue to train local birth attendants in recognizing complications in pregnancy in time for intervention.

In Haiti, the government spends $82 per person on healthcare.  HFHF has partnered with Direct Relief International to provide more than $750,000 worth of medications in Bainet since 2010.

In Haiti, the 6th grade graduation rate in Haiti is less than 30%. High school graduation is less than 5%.  HFHF’s 6th grade graduation rate is 90%. We will graduate our first high school class in 2014.

Less than 40% of schools in Haiti are accredited.  HFHF’s primary school and secondary school were accredited in 2000 and 2006, respectively.

There are only 209 surgical beds for the 6 million people that live outside the capital of Port-au-Prince. HFHF has partnered with the Haitian ministry of health and six other organizations to provide surgical capabilities in Bainet, Haiti.

47% of Haitians lack access to basic healthcare, and 50% lack access to basic medications. HFHF runs two primary clinics in remote areas, serving more than 30,000 people. Each clinic is equipped with a full pharmacy and diagnostic laboratory.

One of HFHF’s high school students walks 3 hours one way to get to school each day.  Remind your children how fortunate they are to be taken to school on a bus, by a parent, or driving themselves.