Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere! It has the 3rd-highest hunger rate in world (trails Somalia and Afghanistan). Haiti's malnutrition rate is higher than Sudan; its life expectancy is lower than Sudan. More people live in Absolute Poverty (under $1/day) in Haiti than in the war-ravaged Congo. By comparison 12% of Haiti's children die before age 5; 0.8% in USA!
Haiti is in an ecological crisis! Over the last 14 years, 90 % of Haiti's trees have been lost; mostly cut for sale to be used as fuel source. As a result, most topsoil has washed from hills and mountains silting streams and rivers and contaminating the Sea. Farms are abandoned, water supplies contaminated, and sanitary conditions horrible.
Haiti's abundant tropical rainfall (90-100”/ year) goes unabsorbed (soil absorbs only 9”/year). Flooding is prolific. Famine conditions exist (1 in 3 children malnourished). Haiti's secondary road system has been in an economic and political crisis! Emergency food and
shelter help is very limited. Violence has existed in the streets.
Unemployment exceeds 75% and the economy is dead ((GNP lost 1%/yr past 5
years)! Despite an average daily
wage of $1.80 per hour, industrialization does not exist.Huge infrastructure limitations prevail in utilities, fuel, transportation, education, etc.
The 2010 earthquake brought forth astounding
generosity from people all over the world hoping to save lives that are in
jeopardy as a result of the Haitian crisis. About 50% of US households made
donations to the charitable efforts for relief. Governments have now pledged billions of dollars to the cause.
Most people realize
that the magnitude of the Haiti disaster was a direct result
of the wretched poverty that has plagued Haiti’s citizens for 50 years.
these years millions of dollars have flowed into Haiti from public and
sources providing mostly stop gap measures to ease the shortages of
water, shelter, clothing, etc
Leaders the world
over are facing the reality that the
solution for Haiti
is jobs! Creation of jobs that eradicate Haiti’s
addiction to charity is the only way Haiti can escape the cycle of
poverty to calamity to destruction.
The Social Enterprise Fund, Inc was formed in 2007 with a goal of removing people from the poverty roles in Haiti by
creating sustainable jobs. Finding over 80% of eligible workers unemployed in
Haiti SEF quickly gravitated to two areas which seemed to provide “low hanging
fruit” in the quest for economic security for Haitians: reforestation and fish
The Social Enterprise Fund Supports three projects in Haiti:
With Dr. Val Abe SEF established this CO-OP project for tilapia
Fish Farming in 2006 to create 500 new jobs in 7 villages around Lake
Azuei. Projects are underway to complete this Lake Azeui in 2011-12 and
expand to Lake Peligre in the central plateau. Future plans
call for an Ocean Fish Development project in Southern Haiti at Port St.
Louis near Les Cayes.
CODEP- providing fund raising and other assistance to the organization which operates CODEP, the most successful agricultural and community development project in Haiti. CODEP serves 3 major watersheds in a mountainous region south of Leogone.
Haiti Agriculture Development Project- providing leadership and funding for an aggressive Agricultural Development Program in in rural Haiti partnered with the Episcopal Church of Haiti and the Presbyterian Church (USA ). This project will mirror the operations of the CODEP program and be led by CODEP’s successful former Director.
The Social Enterpise Fund, Inc. Address: P.O. Box 1931 - Winter Park, FL 32790-1931 Phone: (904) 280-0094 | Fax: (407) 960-7100 | Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Powered & Designed Kingdom Technology Outreach, Inc. A subsidiary ofDaytec Systems, Inc.