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According to the World Food Program on November 10, “Haiti is approaching famine-like conditions, with more than 1 in 3 people in the country of 11 million in need of urgent assistance. Food insecurity in Haiti’s rural areas has increased by 15% since the last analysis in December 2018. For the first time, the assessment shows that 850,000 people in the capital of Port-au-Prince are suffering severe hunger, with many not sure when they will eat again.”
Intense protests began in July 2018 after an oil price hike and the discovery that the government embezzled nearly $3.8 billion from that PetroCaribe funds coming from Venezuela and other funding received by Haiti that was supposed to be used for public projects and infrastructure, but there have been little to no evidence of these projects being completed.
Protests have happened on and off since last July, but the manifestations have been taken to a whole new level since September 16, 2019. For the past 8 weeks, protests have stricken the streets in forms of road blocks, gang violence, bribery, and other actions in efforts to make the government respond and to fight for change within Haiti’s governmental system. These people include the opposition party and Haiti’s working-class who is fed up the with corruption and greed that has continued for decades.
The turmoil has resulted in an extremely challenging situation for each one of our 14 village feeding programs across Haiti. We have enough food in our depots to administer our feeding programs but we are not able to get the food to where it is needed due to the roadblocks and dangerous conditions across the country.
However, we are unable to use our vehicles to get the food out to our feeding programs at this time. If a protestor sees a truck trying to get past a barricade with food, it is likely that they will try to stop the truck and steal the food because of the desperate situation many are in. Adults are living on an average of $500 per year, and as costs continue to rise, it is getting more difficult for families to feed their children.
Our solution in getting the manna packs to our villages is to helicopter the food to areas near our sites and then deliver them in unmarked bags via motorcycles, passenger vehicles, and even donkeys in some cases to get them to our villages.
Will you partner with us to help provide food for nearly 5,000 children across Haiti who rely on us for their meals? For most of these children, their families do not know where their next meal is coming from. We must step in and help these families during this time of desperate need. We cannot thank you enough for your support in these efforts.