Haiti was already one of the most impoverished countries in the world when the earthquake struck on January 12, 2010. Since then, although worldwide organizations continue to help, the situation remains dire. Hundreds of thousands of orphaned children still roam the streets trying to find a meal. Basic services like trash removal and sanitary sewers are non-existant. Many structures in Port Au Prince are still uninhabitable—some still hold the bodies of earthquake victims. Hundreds of children continue to starve to death.
Almost 1 million people were forced to live in tent cities after the earthquake. these cover just about every open expanse of land in and around Port Au Prince.
All are vulnerable to Haiti’s hurricane season.
The trash problem is so bad, every day trash piles are set on fire to help remove what can be removed.
Orphaned children compete with wild animals to forage through trash piles for food.