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.