« I want my country to change. I dream of becoming President of Haiti. I want my country to become a country like any other. I no longer want to hear that Haiti is one of the poorest countries on the planet. I want to change that »

Emilie, 10 years old, leader of the Health and Hygiene club in St Marc, Haiti.

Committing to children's rights in Haiti

A web series exploring UNICEF's work with children, communities and partners

Together with Haiti is a web based series that explores, promotes and celebrates the many ways UNICEF in Haiti is working with children, communities, partners and the government to improve the lives of the country’s youth.

In line with our Country Program Document (CPD) 2017-2021, UNICEF is addressing the immediate basic needs of children and families affected by humanitarian crises, as well as their medium and long-term access to social services.

Part of what makes UNICEF effective is its collaboration with communities and community-based organizations. Through stories, videos and maps, Together with Haiti will introduce some of these communities around the country and show you what we are achieving together.

UNICEF is working with partners, public, private, national and international, in many key sectors to help achieving the goal of the organization, which is the well-being of all the children. This partnership covered a wide range: education, child protection, nutrition, water and sanitation, health, fight against cholera.

UNICEF works with the government to address the basic and immediate needs of children and families.

Visit “Together with Haiti” and explore the many ways in which UNICEF and the government of Haiti work together to increase the resilience of vulnerable communities.

Since 2015, many national and international partners, including various Haitian youth organizations, have acted to bring the SDGs alive in collaboration with the United Nations and Haitian institutions.

Haitian youth are using many creative tools to participate in the development debate. Through cinema projections, debates, workshops, concerts, comics, music, plastic arts, football and boxing, Haitian youth are taking a stance to ensure that they are not left behind in the international and national debate that directly affects their future.

Hear from UNICEF staff in the field

“Together with Haiti” features stories of UNICEF staff – those working directly in the field, with youth, communities, partners and the government. Through their words you will learn how UNICEF is improving the situation of children in Haiti, in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The challenges

Despite overall improvements in the situation of children in Haiti over the past few years, progress has been slow and distributed unequally. Deep disparities and exclusion, due to where children live, their sex or their socioeconomic status, are still preventing many children from getting a fair start in life.

The episodes

“Together with Haiti” presents each month a narrative in the form of videos or short stories to explain the work of UNICEF in Haiti, thus exposing individual perspectives. Extensive use will be made of interactive maps, to take you straight to the location of our stories.

The geographic location of Haiti makes it vulnerable to natural disaster and the negative impact of climate change. Haiti is among the most vulnerable countries in the world to natural disasters. It is exposed to multiple hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and droughts.

In Haiti, only 35 percent of households have access to a functional handwashing point with water and soap. 42 percent of Haitians do not have access to improved water sources. Seven persons out of ten do not have access to improved sanitation. Open defecation rates, at national level, are 19 percent, thanks to the ongoing efforts of the communities.

Since 1990, the child mortality rate for children under 5 has decreased by 52 percent. This reduction of child mortality in Haiti is an accomplishment worth celebrating! Still, we cannot forget that the country has the highest maternal and child mortality rates in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Together we can reduce it !

To reduce the incidence of violence against and the abuse, neglect and exploitation of children, UNICEF supports the decentralization of critical child protection services. A focus is on the development and implementation of inter-sectoral protocols for the reporting and management of child abuse, with attention to gender-based violence, at national and local levels.

Primary net attendance is lower in rural areas (73 per cent) than in urban areas (86 per cent), only 66 per cent of children from the poorest households attend primary school against 92 per cent from the richest. Since 2007, education has been a key component of national development strategies. It is an indicator of the Haitian government’s commitment to universal education despite limited means.

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There will be a new episode each month – sign up and be notified as each is released.

This post is also available in: French