Imagine growing up in a place where your next meal is uncertain and life is centered around just surviving through the day. Dreams are consumed by poverty and disease. Hope seems a million miles away.
Now imagine a primary school, a well bringing clean water to the community, a health clinic, brightly painted homes, and jobs for moms and dads. This dream is now becoming a reality in Jubilee.
- Jubilee Blanc is an impoverished suburb of Gonaives, Haiti. Gonaives is in northern Haiti and is the capital city of the Artibonite Department.
- Jubilee Blanc is near the ocean and built on salt flats. It is dusty and dry most of the year, but also prone to flooding during the rainy season.
- Gonaives and Jubilee Blanc were devastated by major hurricanes in 2004 and 2008.
- Jubilee Blanc is one of the poorest communities in Haiti, truly “one of the least of these.” (Matthew 25:40)
- Caribbean island country of 9.2 million people
- Discovered by Columbus in 1492
- Haiti won its independence from France on January 1, 1804.
- Poorest country in the Western Hemisphere
- 80% of the population lives below the poverty line and the average income is less than $2/day.
- More than two-thirds of the labor force does not have formal jobs.
- Approximately half of the population is illiterate.
- At least one-third of Haitian children suffer from malnutrition and stunted growth.
- Less than 50% of Haitian children complete primary school