Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and Canaan is one of the fastest growing slums - not only in Haiti, but on our planet today. Canaan did not exist prior to the 2010 earthquake. It is where thousands of people and families were relocated after losing their homes.
Though the people were given land, Canaan is a self-governed city and has no support from the government. There is currently no running water, electricity, infrastructure, security, or public schools. Businesses are few and far between, with extremely limited employment opportunities, forcing most Haitians to live on $1.50 per day.
We have provided a safe school for children to attend and obtain an education. Each year, we pay tuition fees for over 100 children. We provide them with textbooks, uniforms, school bags and supplies.
Canaan has no running water in its community. We built a water well, provided 5 water towers, a hand washing station, and 6 bathrooms.
Many children die from malnutrition. We provide a daily snack and water to the children in our school. We also hold hot meal feeding programs for the children and their families.
We collect gently used clothing and shoes from our Canadian and US supporters. We distribute much needed personal care items to the children, families, and community.
The school is a place where the community hosts meetings, art and music programs, and workshops.