At LESPWA International, our mission is to bring hope and healing to the people of Haiti, and throughout the world. We do this by ministering to the spiritual, physical, and educational needs of the people we encounter in all walks of life.

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Life in Haiti

Haiti has a long and hard history that has created many difficulties for the people of this island.  

The following statistics indicate the severity of Haiti's problem:

  • The poorest country in the world
  • Haiti is the third hungriest country in the world after Somalia and Afghanistan
  • The richest 1% of the population controls nearly half of all of Haiti's wealth
  • Haiti ranks 38th out of 195 for under-five mortality rate
  • Ranks 146 out of 173 on the United Nations' Human Development Index
  • Adult literacy is about 40%
  • Unemployment is 70%
  • More than half of Haitians live on less than a dollar a day.
  • About 70% of the population lives in abject poverty.
  • Less than 20% of Haitians age 15 and over can read and write.
  • Fewer than 75% of children attend school.
  • The government is not able to provide the resources to educate the nation's next generation.
  • There are few paved roads, an inadequate supply of potable water, minimal utilities, and depleted forests.
  • 7% or more Haitian children won't make it to 5 years old
  • Over a million children are HIV infected and or dying of AIDS as you are reading this.


Why Dental Care?

Population of Wisconsin: 5,711,767 
Population of Haiti: 10,000,000

Number of dentists in Wisconsin: 2979
Number of dentists in Haiti: estimated at 100-600