Fast Facts: Haiti, the first Caribbean state to achieve independence, occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola. Mountainous with a tropical climate, it is the poorest country in the Americas due to decades of violence and instability. The official languages of Haiti are French and Creole. Roughly half of the population practices voodoo. Haiti's economy suffered a severe setback in January 2010 when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake destroyed much of its capital city, Port-Au-Prince, and neighboring areas. It was already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of hte population living under the poverty line.
Population: 10.85 million
Weather: Haiti has a generally hot and humid tropical climate. The north wind brings fog and drizzle, which interrupt Haiti's dry season from November to January. But during February through May, the weather is very wet.
Due to the nature of Haiti, ministry opportunities are limited and focused to work with children, sports, ministry within schools, and food distribution. The most common and greatest need is for medical assistance and partnership with local churches.