We partner with Haitian Christians to develop disciples for a lasting impact through the continuation of the Gospel. We are committed to doing something for Haiti that will last.
HCO is building generations of new believers through work in four primary areas. Through Church Planting we equip indigenous leaders. We minister to Children by meeting their educational, spiritual and physical needs. We serve through Health Care, providing both medical and dental services. We empower through Community Development projects to provide economic transformation.
Haiti occupies the western third of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, sharing a border with the Dominican Republic. It sits about 700 miles off the coast of Miami and occupies an area just slightly smaller than the state of Maryland.
Being a tropical climate, Haiti is hot and humid during most months of the year. Some areas of the country, however, can be almost desert-like and dry where the mountains cut off the trade winds.
Most of Haiti is rugged and mountainous. Rampant deforestation and poor environmental controls have left large swaths of the country bare and contributed to large-scale loss of topsoil. Much of the countryside suffers from chronic drought.
Haiti has a very large young population, in part because of a high birthrate and shorter life expectancies – 42 percent of Haitians are younger than 14, 54 percent are between 15 and 64 years old, and just 4 percent are 65 and older.
Over 9 million people live in Haiti, making it the second most densely populated country in the Americas – and one of the fastest growing.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Its economy is less than half the size of Vermont’s. More than two-thirds of the population is unemployed. Its main exports are light assembly of goods, coffee, oils, cocoa and sugar.
Primarily Creole, some French
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