Jubilee Blanc

  • 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)

About Haiti

  • 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