« 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.

Together with Haiti will focus on the positive, looking at how different individuals, communities and agencies have responded and reacted to situations of adversity and used them as motivation to improving their own situations as well as the situations of those around them.

Hear from UNICEF Staff in the Field

Together with Haiti will feature stories from 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 through implementation of the SDG’s.

In 2015 the UN General Assembly formally accepted a new set of 17 measurable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ranging from ending world poverty to achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls by 2030.

Since 2015, Haitian youth organizations, have acted to bring the SDGs alive through events with the support of the United Nations and Haitian institutions.

Haitian youth is using many creative tools to participate in the development debate. Through cinema projections, debates, football, workshops, concerts, comics, music, plastic arts and boxing Haitian youth is taking a stand and ensuring that they won’t be left behind in the international and national debate that directly affects their future.

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.

Delivered as a new episode every two weeks, Together with Haiti will deliver an ongoing narrative that explains and positions the big picture of UNICEF’s work in Haiti, while using short stories and videos to give individual perspectives and context to its themes.

Take a look at an overview of the episodes below…

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.

Sign up to be notified of the launch of each episode of Together with Haiti!

This post is also available in: French