Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Neliejelaine Jean received food from ActionAid after the 2010 Haitian earthquake
13-year-old Waglaine goes to ActionAid's school in St-Jude. "This school is nicer than the one we have down the hill. The classrooms are bigger and there is a lot of light. There is room for us to play. The bathrooms are clean," she says.

ActionAid has been working in Haiti and the Dominican Republic since 1996 and we now work with 30,000 people in both countries.

Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Almost 80% of the population lives on under £1.50 per day. The country has been struck by devastating hurricanes and earthquakes in recent years - and this impact has been worsened by large-scale deforestation.

Haiti has a strong sense of community responsibility, with many local organisations made up of people determined to work together to solve their own problems. We support these organisations with funding and training, and work with them to improve access to water, health services and business loans.

Community and relief in Haiti

We work to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters through disaster risk reduction workshops. We also provide immediate relief in the wake of disasters, like the devastating earthquake of 2010 and the Gustav, Hanna and Ike hurricanes back in 2008.

We provide food, water, medicine, sanitation and shelter and work to get children back to school as quickly as possible. We also provide long-term psychosocial support for communities recovering from natural disasters.

Child sponsorship in Haiti

One million children in Haiti don’t go to school. As a result many grow up illiterate and turn to begging for an income. Money from child sponsorship goes towards building schools in some of Haiti’s poorest communities like Lascahobas. These schools act as shelters during natural disasters.

When you sponsor a child in Haiti, you'll be providing the resources for real, long-term change. You'll get two letters a year from the child you sponsor, and updates from the country programme to tell you how the money you are spending is changing the community your child lives in.