Just a two hour flight from Miami is the small island nation of Haiti. This small island of 12 million people is one of the poorest on earth and ranks as one of the hungriest countries on the planet. In some Haitian slums, such as Cite Soleil, children have only a 50 percent chance of reaching the age of five because of disease and starvation.
Beyond the hunger crisis, Haiti’s problems are compounded by their lack of clean water. In fact, according to the United Nations, Haiti has the poorest water quality in the world. This leads to high incidents of water borne diseases, including intestinal worms.
It is estimated that 90 percent of the 3.2 million children in Haiti are infected with intestinal worms. These worms eat roughly 20 to 40 percent of a child’s nutritional intake every day.
In response to this epidemic, Planting Peace has launched a campaign to deworm all 3.2 million children in Haiti for one full year. And you can help.
For one penny, Planting Peace can purchase a deworming treatment that will rid a child of intestinal parasites within 48 hours. That means for every dollar you donate, we can deworm 100 Haitian children. One dollar can make a huge difference in 100 of the most vulnerable, fragile young lives.
Please join our campaign to deworm the children of Haiti.
Note: The graph displayed at top depicts the campaign’s progress as of 12pm, May 13th, 2015: $51,878