Haiti Facts

Here are some facts about Haiti that you may not be aware of.


  • Gross national income per capita is $660.
  • 78% of Haitians are poor, living with less than $2 a day.
  • 54% of Haitians live in extreme poverty, with less than $1 a day.
  • In rural areas, poverty and extreme poverty rates are estimated to be 84% and 69%.
  • Over 66% of the labor force do not have formal jobs.
  • Life expectancy is 61 years.
  • 50% of children under 5 are malnourished.
  • 80 out of every 1,000 Haitian children never see their first birthday.



  • 50% of primary school age children are not enrolled in school.
  • 33% of girls over six never go to school.
  • More than 50% of children attending school are overaged.


  • Approximately 30% of children attending primary school will not make it to the third grade; 60% will abandon school before the sixth grade.


  • Less than 40% of non-public schools are accredited.
  • Only 15% of teachers at the primary level have basic teacher qualifications (including degrees), and nearly 25% have never attended a secondary school.
  • Approximately 75% of all teachers lack adequate training; many only have a ninth grade or twelfth grade education.
  • Less than 20% of schools have electricity; 39% have potable water.


  • 37.9% of the population is unable to read or write, as compared to only 12% illiteracy in the rest of Latin America.
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