Our Approach to Tackling Haiti Poverty Challenges
According to data from the World Health Program (WHP), Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It ranks 68th in terms of human poverty by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). About 65% of the population lives below the national poverty line. Worse yet, throughout its history, Haiti has experienced many challenges, including political turmoil, lack of economic development, natural disasters, and human exploitation. Despite efforts to build and maintain strong public systems, this may not be successful due to the problems mentioned above. Thus, poverty in Haiti is complex. This complexity is caused by many interrelated social and economic barriers.
Having a lot of experience in working with rural and disadvantaged communities in Haiti has helped us to accumulate broader knowledge on the fight against poverty in Haiti. Thus, at HCS, thanks to our experiences, supplemented by research in the matter, we come to understand that the fight against a single factor to reduce poverty in Haiti will be in vain, even if we invest a fortune. Because poverty is the product of a multitude of major causes.
This is why we have created a strategy model, called SMART MODEL, which corresponds to the reality of the country. The model is based on four pillars and addresses five main reasons for the complexity of poverty in Haiti. In fact, this smart strategy allows us to work together to provide comprehensive and sustainable solutions to improve the lives of people in beneficiary communities.
The HCS Smart Model
The HCS Smart Model is defined as the connection between the 4 basic pillars and the 5 main programs to achieve the noble mission of improving the lives of Haitian families, especially children, through sustainable development.
- The four pillars
- Community members
- Local Authorities
- The five main programs
- Water and sanitation
- Food and nutrition
- Socio-Economic Development
Each program is a key element in breaking the cycle of poverty in Haiti.