National Poverty Awareness Month (NPAM) is a time the U.S. takes to recognize the challenges of living in poverty and support those struggling to make ends meet. During NPAM, we can work together to raise awareness of poverty and its effects on individuals, families, and communities. We can also focus on solutions that help people living in poverty become self-sufficient and thrive. There are many ways to take action during NPAM. You can volunteer with local organizations, donate to programs that support those in need, and advocate for policy solutions to reduce poverty. Let’s come together to make a difference and create a brighter future for those affected by poverty.
While there are people who live below the U.S. poverty line, the level of poverty in Haiti is deeper-rooted & widespread. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, more than half of Haiti’s population is living below the World Bank’s poverty line. Before the devastating earthquake in 2010, Haiti was already the poorest country in the West. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake left more than 200,000 people dead, 1.5 million homeless, and another 3 million affected by the quake and its aftershocks. The damage to infrastructure, health, education, and economic sectors was immense, leaving Haiti even more impoverished.
Since the 2010 earthquake, Haiti has experienced other earthquakes and hurricanes. These have stopped recovery and rebuilding efforts and further driven Haiti into deeper poverty. The Haitian people have been through so much in the past decade, and they continue to be resilient in the face of these tragedies.
Poverty can have a devastating impact on people’s access to nutrition, education, and medical care. Without adequate nutrition, people often suffer from malnutrition, leading to worsened health outcomes and other health concerns. Without access to education, people cannot gain the skills & knowledge they need to improve their lives & reach their full potential. With limited access to medical care, people often cannot get the treatment they need to prevent & treat illnesses & injuries. These issues can have a profound effect on individuals, families, & communities, & we must take steps to help those in need.
From our first trip to Haiti, LiveBeyond has seen firsthand the cycle of poverty Haitians are stuck in. Our hearts were broken for the people of Haiti. It was then that LiveBeyond committed to creating life-changing opportunities through nutrition, education, and maternal medical care for the Thomazeau community. By providing free, nutrition-packed meals, access to high-quality education for children of all abilities, and access to medical care for mothers and infants, we have the potential to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of many.
We are passionate about transforming lives in Haiti through sustainable efforts in maternal medical care, clean water, education for children of all abilities, and nutritional meals. We believe these projects will empower Haitian communities to create long-term, holistic change. Our goal is to equip Haitians with the tools & resources they need to thrive & have a meaningful & lasting impact. At LiveBeyond, we are proud to be creating a positive change and invite you to join us in creating a positive impact in Haiti!
We invite you to join us in prayer for Haiti this month as we recognize National Poverty Awareness Month. LiveBeyond is beyond grateful for the progress and development that we have accomplished so far. Many in the Thomazeau community are experiencing an improved quality of life. We want to see more children, women, and their families experience positive, lasting change. We pray for the continued strength and resilience of the Haitian people. May we all be reminded of our responsibility to share resources and support our neighbors in need.
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