« 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
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.rises.
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.
The geographic location of Haiti makes it vulnerable to natural disasters and the negative impacts of climate change. The recent impact of Hurricane Matthew, El Niño-induced drought, the cholera outbreak and the earthquake of 2010, demonstrated the capacity of resilience of Haitian families.
In Haiti, only 35% of households have access to a functional handwashing point with water and soap. 42 % of Haitian do not have access to improved water sources. Seven persons out of ten do not have access to improved sanitation. Communities’ involvement is a huge factor to avoid the spread of preventable diseases such as cholera.
Since 1990, the child mortality rate for children under 5 has decreased 52% - an accomplishment worth celebrating! Still, we cannot forget that the country holds the highest maternal and child mortality rates in Latin America and the Caribbean. Together with Haiti we can reduce it!
Family separation - living without parental care - is a reality for an increasing number of children in Haiti. In general, domestic child labour is seen as a solution for those households that need help with domestic work, but is also sometimes a way of helping a family member who is in difficulty and who cannot, at a given time, take adequate care of their children at home.
Since 2007, education has been a key component of national development strategies and a measure of the Haitian government’s clear commitment to promote universal education despite limited means. Major constraints on the efficiency and quality of the education system persist and results are limited, showing children enter primary school late, discrepancies between the age and class level of pupils, low completion rates, and high repetition rates throughout basic schooling.