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To Break Cycle of Rural Illiteracy, Tutoring Organization Focuses on Children

Region: Haiti

Topics: Education

In rural Haiti, a lack of quality schools and instruction contributes to a generational cycle of illiteracy, and parents are often unable to help their children with schoolwork. One small volunteer group started by a local health care worker is stepping in to interrupt that cycle by teaming university students with local students for Saturday tutoring sessions.

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In a Haitian Town Full of Mass Graves, An Orphanage Looks to Children’s Futures

Region: Haiti

Topics: EducationHuman Rights

In Haiti, most children in orphanages have at least one living relative, but no family members able to care for them. That is true of all the children at one community-based private orphanage in Titanyen.

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Facing Food Shortage and Weather Crises, Haitian Farmers Say Government Support is Insufficient

Region: Haiti

Topics: BusinessEnvironment

In the midst of a food shortage, Haiti’s government is drafting plans and implementing new policies to support the country’s large population of farmers. But the farmers, who struggle to maintain their crops with outdated technology and the threat of natural disaster, say the effort isn’t enough.

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More Haitians Self-Medicating as Street Vendors Provide Alternative to Pharmacies

Region: Haiti

Topics: Health

In Haiti’s struggling economy and tough job market, selling prescription drugs illegally has become an attractive option – especially since street vendors operate with impunity. But the lower prices and more flexible purchasing options that street vendors provide come at a cost as consumers increasingly forgo pharmacies and formal medical treatment.

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As Kidney Disease Runs Rampant in Haiti, Greater Funding for Hospitals Is Needed

Region: Haiti

Topics: Health

At public hospitals, malfunctioning equipment and a shortage of items used in dialysis mean that patient treatments are likely to be infrequent; costs at private hospitals are prohibitive. In a society that relies on imports of unhealthy processed foods and that has suffered a string of natural disasters, many people have diabetes and hypertension, the chief causes of kidney disease.

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Illegal Children’s Homes Meet High Demand in Haiti, Often Fed by Desperate Parents

Region: Haiti

Topics: Child RightsHuman Rights

The Haitian government hopes to eventually close all of the children's homes in the country. But for now, officials say they'll settle for simply counting them all.

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In Haiti, Solar Panels Key Part of Plan to Bring Electric Power to Remote Areas

Region: Haiti

Topics: Technology

Thanks to a program introduced in May 2017, some outlying communities have a reliable electrical supply. Government officials say the initiative, which aims to bring renewable energy to 10,000 families, is improving safety, communications and the quality of life across the nation.

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Haiti’s Earthquake Left Many Disabled — Now They’re Rebuilding a More Inclusive Country

Region: Haiti

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

Haiti’s 2010 earthquake was a disaster on many levels for the small Caribbean country, and its effects are still being felt today: The earthquake ranks among the top causes of disability in Haiti. Part of recovering from the catastrophe means challenging the perception of disabled Haitians.

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Without Easy Access to Basic Health Care, Many Haitians Rely on Unpaid Midwives

Region: Haiti

Topics: HealthReproductive Rights

Few Haitians have access to formal health clinics where they can receive basic gynecological care, let alone give birth to their children. Traditional midwives attend most births in the country, even when the women giving birth can’t afford to pay them.

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New Directions for Compas: Traditional Haitian Music Changes With the Times

Region: Haiti

Topics: Culture

The Haitian music style of compas burst into prominence in the ‘50s, but the rise of newer music genres has eroded some of its popularity. Compas musicians are now carefully navigating how to adhere to the genre’s traditions while adapting to today’s influences.

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