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Haiti stands today as the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country. It would greatly benefit from technical assistance in building sustainable systems for improved health care, sanitation, capacity building and infrastructure. 

Such systems are lacking because of the oppression and poverty that have been twin legacies of Haiti’s history since the arrival of Europeans in 1492. On Hispaniola--the island today shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic--the voyages of Christopher Columbus were preludes to three centuries of slavery.

During the colonial era, Spain, Britain and France pillaged the island’s natural resources and the energy and blood of its human captives. By 1789, one-half million slaves formed the engine of Hispaniola’s lucrative exports of sugar, coffee, cocoa, indigo, tobacco, cotton and sisal.

But a slave rebellion began in 1791 in the western half of Hispaniola, and after more a decade of brutal fighting Haiti proclaimed its independence on January 1, 1804. The Haitian Revolution remains the world’s only successful slave rebellion.

Since then, however, Haiti has struggled and failed to meet the revolutionary promises of freedom, equality and fraternity.  Dictators, U.S. occupations and, more recently, governmental instability have not fostered a secure environment for developing modern infrastructure.

Natural disasters and the global rise in food prices have further threatened Haiti’s security and the capacity of its economy. In fall 2008, Haiti was ravaged by four tropical storms and hurricanes, bringing more devastation and hopelessness.

Why then have the people of Haiti not given up on their country? The vast majority are patient, hard-working, and hopeful of a better future despite the evidence.  At UPLIFT Haiti, we have decided that if the people of Haiti have not given up on their country, we will not give up either.


UPLIFT Haiti, a Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity, organizes teams of volunteers to travel to Haiti to work with local communities in accomplishing sustainable projects for improving health, education, employment, and the local economy and infrastructure.

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