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The Challenge in Rural Haiti
The decline of rural communities across the globe is a major contributor to political instability and violence. In Haiti, rural people are far more likely than their urban counterparts to be chronically malnourished, experience extreme poverty, live in inadequate and unhealthy housing with no access to sanitation, and quite possibly die young. Their severely degraded land makes rural Haitians especially susceptible to the negative impacts of climate change.
Rural to urban migration rates in Haiti are staggering. In the 1980s, only 25% of the population lived in urban centers, while 53% do today. This trend has produced a devastating drain of talent and ingenuity from the country side as more and more young people move to urban centers in search of jobs and a better life.
Most people in rural Haiti have little access to the kinds of education, opportunities and resources that would enable them to reverse this trend and remain on the land. The Haitian government offers little or no support in the way of services or infrastructure that could aid rural people in improving their quality of life. What development assistance is provided is typically shortsighted and fails to involve communities in the planning. The result is a familiar story: rural development schemes that largely serve foreign or wealthy domestic interests while worsening and perpetuating the problems in rural communities.
Current community-driven projects fall into three action areas:
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