Haiti Humanitarian Crisis

Haiti is facing a long-standing emergency deepened by escalating gang violence in the capital city, Port-au-Prince. Since February 29, 2024, insecurity has risen to extreme levels. An estimated 80 per cent of the city is under gang control, including the international airport, which is closed. Fuel, water and food supplies are being reduced to critical levels, on top of already-dire food insecurity. Given the duration and magnitude—with over 5,000 victims of gang violence in 2023— this crisis requires urgent attention.


Thousands of people are displaced, fleeing to rural areas and attempting to cross into the Dominican Republic through irregular paths. Families are desperate for shelter, food, water and medical attention. Women and children—many of whom are unaccompanied—are especially at risk.


World Vision is on the ground addressing the needs of vulnerable children and is calling for financial support to enhance our cross-border operations. We are currently developing programs in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), nutrition, child protection and health. For more information, please call us at 1-800-268-4888.


Haiti has been in a state of civil unrest since July 2018. Protests continue to erupt in cities across the country due to increases in the cost of living, government corruption, and high inflation. Schools, public administration and trade continue to be paralyzed by threats of violence, preventing citizens from moving around freely.

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Level of Fragility

Very Low Developing

2,310people are using water, sanitation and handwashing behaviours that protect against illness.


12,429children and adults were trained on child protection, including positive parenting, children's rights and early marriage.


4,276children received deworming treatment to support their health and development.

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World Vision is committed to partnering with the people of Haiti to rebuild their lives today and to help enact sustainable solutions for the future of their children, families, and communities. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership. In addition to sponsorship, World Vision operates other programs that benefit communities in Haiti.
World Vision Haiti

Since establishing a presence in Haiti, World Vision has supported long-term development programs focused on child well-being and community development. We have also provided relief supplies and assisted with recovery from major natural disasters that have ravaged the country, including numerous hurricanes, flash floods, the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake, and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

More than 40 years into working alongside impoverished communities in Haiti, World Vision's commitment to the people of Haiti remains as strong as ever and this work will continue until Haiti's children and families are able to flourish on their own.

While World Vision development efforts in Haiti have historically focused on rural communities, Haiti's recovery requires an ongoing commitment to its urban population as well. So, World Vision will leverage what it has learned through urban disaster relief efforts to support long-term development initiatives in and around Port-au-Prince as well as in rural areas where World Vision is working with communities and local organizations to bring about long-lasting change.

We aspire to build back stronger and more resilient by prioritizing child well-being with a focus on sustainable livelihoods for families, education, health, and child protection and participation. World Vision is committed to all of these vital efforts, even as it narrows its response work to focus on activities with the greatest potential to improve child well-being for the long term.

World Vision Haiti works in three regions of the country. Through 19 development programs, we directly serve more than 190,000 people, including 60,000 children through our child sponsorship program, grants and private funding.

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Unless otherwise stated, data presented on this page reflects the most up-to-date results of World Vision Canada programs reported between October 2022 and September 2023, and any previous fiscal years available. Previously reported data may not match the current presentation as we continuously receive and refine data from our programs. If you have any questions, kindly reach out to us.