Moms in Haiti need jobs, not handouts. They want clean water, food security, access to schools and medicine. The coffee industry in Haiti employs thousands. Women work in this industry in significant numbers: picking coffee cherries, sorting / processing coffee, and everything in between. We’ve known the bean sorters of Thiotte for years. They’re a lively group of women who are thankful for a job. How can you thank them? Put #haitiancoffee on the table each morning. Buy your 2 monthly bags of Haitian coffee online (even set up a coffee subscription).
Then DEMAND Governments spend money differently:
Haiti has 32,000 children who languish unnecessarily in over 750 orphanages. At least 80% of these kids have one or two living parents who want them, but have no access to health, education or social services. More importantly, even if those services did exist, parents couldn’t afford them as stable employment is rare.
- Gross National Income per capita is $1730. The average for Caribbean/Latin Americans is $14,098 (World Bank 2014)
- 59% of the population lives on less than $2 per day (World Bank 2012)
- Poverty is mainly rural, at 75.2%, vs. 40.8% in urban areas (MDG rpt 2013)
- Over two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs (CIA Factbook 2014)
- 30% of the population is considered food insecure (World Food Programme 2015)
- Infant mortality is 55 per 1000 births (UNICEF 2015)
- 59 per 1,000 born in Haiti die before reaching their first birthday (Ministry of Health 2012)
- Under five mortality rate: 88 per 1000 live births (Ministry of Health 2012)
- 1 in 285 births result in the mother’s death — 16 times higher than in the U.S. (Partners in Health 2014)
Haiti is just an example of the types of problems faced by mothers around the world, but it doesn’t have to be like this. There’s plenty to go around, and we simply choose to spend our time, energy, emotions, physicality, and money elsewhere:
Hatred breeds hatred.Mom always said “Kill him with kindness.”
Mom was right.
#motherofallbombsisepoverty (stupidity, ego, fear, hatred)
What’s your idea of coming together to ask then solve the tough questions?