Haiti is considered by many to be the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. The vast majority of Haiti’s 11 million people survive on less than $2 dollars a day. For 120,000 people living on the Île de la Gonâve, the situation is especially desperate.
Creating new educational opportunities in Haiti
On this small island, which lies just off the coast near Port au Prince, fewer than 10% of children attend publically-funded schools. Most children are educated by faith-based NGOs operating on the island. Even with a high school education, young people have few job opportunities on the Ile de la Gonâve where the unemployment rate is a staggering 85%.
Haiti has a rich agricultural history during which past generations of Haitians developed sophisticated and sustainable agricultural practices that created wealth, fed local communities and even supplied sugar and coffee to global export markets. Agriculture holds much promise for driving future growth in Haiti and can be a key to development on the Île de la Gonâve, which currently imports 80% of all needed goods, including food. To achieve greater prosperity, Haitians will need to overcome challenges that include environmental degradation, a culture of subsistence farming and lack of access to commercial markets.
Restoring hope through agricultural education
You can partner with LimeAid to help realize the promise of a brighter future. Together, we will establish a vocational post-secondary school to provide young people with practical, hands-on education that will help them overcome these challenges and create successful careers in agriculture.
The vision is to see the agricultural potential of Île de la Gonâve restored so that it becomes a net exporter of agricultural produce once again. Ultimately, we want to help establish thriving farms and related businesses that move families and communities toward sustainable economic health.
With your help LimeAid is able to invest in students to make this vision a reality.
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