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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bill Clinton urges more aid as he leaves Haiti
» Miami Herald article on Bill Clinton's Haiti trip




History

Historical figures saw the pristine shores of Haiti and proclaimed it beautiful. It was once considered "La Perle
des Antilles" or "the Pearl of the Caribbean". Many years ago, Haiti was lush, with 60% of its original forest
covering the lands and mountainous regions. The country was home to thousands of plants and hundreds of species of
birds, many of which were endemic. Exports included sugar, coffee and corn. The beauty was seen in the country's
varied scenery which included lush green cloud forests, high mountain peaks, arid desert, mangrove forest, and palm
tree-lined beaches.




Through the years Haitians have always garnered international recognition via many methods including artistic,
cultural, historical, athletic, and political.




Current Facts

Haiti has experienced many years of political unrest and oppression. As a result, Haiti is currently the poorest
country in the Western Hemisphere. 80% of the population is living under the poverty line and 54% in extreme
poverty or abject poverty.




It is because of this that Haiti is the initial focus of Project Eden. Less than 20% of Haitians age 15 and over
can read and write. There are few paved roads, and inadequate supply of clean water. More than half of Haitians
live on less than a dollar a day, and 1 in 20 are infected with HIV/AIDS.




Solution

Through Project Eden, the country and people of Haiti can be restored.




Resources



GENERAL INFO

CIA - The World Fact Book


U.S. Department of State


Discover Haiti: The Arts, History, Culture


The Library of Congress Country Studies


BBC News: Country Profile


Haitian Times


Governments on the WWW


World Health Organization: Haiti


Embassy of the Republic of Haiti in Washington, D.C.


UNICEF - At a Glance: Haiti


The World Bank Group: Haiti


Embassy of the United States




COMMUNITY BUILDING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Doing Business in Haiti


FATEM: Community Building


USAID/Haiti: Strategic Plan


American Friends Service Committee: Economic Development Program


Little Haiti Housing Association


America's Development Foundation


The World Bank

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