Natural disasters, cholera, and political upheaval have plagued Haiti for many years making relief efforts difficult and complicated. Through the years, Friends of Humanity has partnered with Extreme Response International and has managed to overcome these challenges and provide valuable, lifesaving support to the people of Northwest Haiti. Tragically, a pandemic, another earthquake, a cholera outbreak and a presidential assassination have thrown Haiti deeper into the throes of violent chaos. Crime has driven off relief workers and the United Nations estimates that nearly half the population is going hungry.
Gang violence has remained outside of Northwest Haiti, but the crisis has directly impacted our relief efforts. We are unable to bring volunteers to Haiti on work trips because safe travel from Port-au-Prince to Port-de-Paix is almost impossible. Mission planes have withdrawn and the roads are not safe. We are monitoring the situation and plan to resume our trips once conditions improve.
All of this has led to exponential increases in the cost of purchasing, shipping and delivering food. For example: In October 2022, the month’s food expense for House of Hope was below $9,000; by February 2023 it shot up to well over $17,000 — a staggering increase of 101%.
House of Hope Average Monthly Food Cost
We are working to provide food and clothing in the most economical way possible. And we are exploring all of our options as we navigate this difficult reality.
But no matter the cause of the crisis nor its complicated solutions, these troubles are not the fault of the innocent children residing at the House of Hope. They need us now more than ever. And we need you now more than ever. Please help us help them.