- Haiti is located in the Caribbean on the western side of an island, Hispaniola. Haiti's capital is Port-au-Prince.
- Haiti is only a 90 minute plane ride from Florida.
On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake on the Richter scale struck the west side of Haiti including the capital, Port-au-Prince. This was the largest and deadliest earthquake in the history of Haiti. It disrupted the functioning of the government and collapsed several public buildings including the Presidential Palace. Shortly after the earthquake, in October of 2010, a cholera epidemic broke out.
Many Haitians live below the poverty line and some are in absolute poverty.
Haiti remains a country vulnerable to natural disasters. In 2008, four hurricanes devastated the country and caused enormous material damage to road infrastructure and the agricultural sector, and then the 2010 earthquake devastated the country.
On the educational level, the Haitian education system is precarious. Most schools in Haiti depend on the private domain, churches, or international partners.
Many children in Haiti are placed with families other than their biological families. The two families enter into an oral contract usually stating that the child participates in domestic or agricultural tasks in exchange for this other family supporting them and their schooling. These child are called "restavek".
Other families will abandon their children on the streets or at an orphanage in hopes that they will be provided with better access to food, education and sustainability.