Did You Know This About The People & The Country Of Haiti?!
* 80% live below the World Bank’s definition of poverty.
* Average yearly income is $240.
* 80% of the population’s average income is $100 a year. For a 5 day work week this would be $0.38 a day!!
* $3 to $4 a day is the pay for manual labor.
* 1% of the population would be considered "Middle Class" by the Industrialized Nation’s definition.
* Haiti has limited manpower.
* 54% Unemployment rate.
* Average life span is under 50 years of age.
* 50% of children die by the age of 5.
* 45,000 children die from easily curable disease such as dehydration, diarrhea, and malnutrition.
* 50% of the population is under the age of 18 years old.
* A family would have to have 6 children in order to have 1 live.
* 80% of the population is illiterate.
* Haiti has limited resources
* 1/3 of Haiti’s annual income comes through foreign aid.
* $300 million a year has been lost in tourist trade because of the AIDS fear and the political situation.
* In 1920, 60% of Haiti was covered by lush forest and today only 5% remains due to lack of energy and heating sources.
$2.00 doesn't sound like much to Americans, does it?
Look how it can help benefit the people of Haiti...
* Collapsible water containers ($2 per container): Each container holds 10 liters amount of water and is especially useful for kids carrying water for long distances to ensure that all their water doesn't spill en route from their water supply. It is also very useful for storing clean, safe water for everyday use.
* Water purification tablets (60 cents for 50 tablets): Each tablet is able to turn 4-5 liters of dirty water into water suitable for drinking. Every day, 4,000 children worldwide die because they do not have access to clean water, according to UNICEF.
* High energy/protein biscuits ($1 per pack): These contain minerals and vitamins and have been developed for malnourished children during emergencies.
* Oral rehydration salts (7 cents for one package): This solution, containing sugar and salt, treats children suffering from dehydration caused by diarrhea. Approximately 3,500 children die each day from dehydration caused by acute diarrhea, according to UNICE
Please consider helping the people of Haiti by doing what you love...Crafting!! See my original post below for how you can help partner with Close To My Heart and Operation Smile to change some lives.
This is from my original posting regarding Hearts for Haiti.
Our hearts go out to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, and like so many of you, we’re eager to help. We’re excited to announce Close To My Heart’s February Constant Campaign, Hearts for Haiti—where you can get a great deal while doing great good for those affected by the devastation in Haiti.
From February 1-28, 2010, our 12” x 12” textured cardstock combo packs are buy one, get one FREE—and with every offer purchased, Close To My Heart will donate $2.00 to Operation Smile’s Haiti relief efforts.
Order any textured cardstock combo pack at full retail price ($14.95) and receive a second textured cardstock combo pack of your choice FREE. The textured cardstock is printed with our signature white core. Each sheet of textured cardstock features a rich Close To My Heart color on one side and a lighter shade on the opposite side. Combo packs include 24 sheets: 4 each of 6 colors. Eligible packs include:
X5681 Spring Harmony
X5745 Summer Celebration
X5669 Autumn Harvest
X5670 Winter Cozy
Note: You may choose a FREE textured combo pack that is the same or different as the full retail combo pack.
For only $14.95, you get two packs of 12” x 12” textured cardstock (a great deal at about $.30 per sheet!) and Operation Smile will receive $2.00 to benefit the urgent, important cause in Haiti.
Operation Smile is always a fantastic charitable partner—offering free facial reconstruction surgeries to needy children throughout the world. They’ve currently marshaled their medical teams and resources to provide emergency relief in Haiti, and the donations given as part of Hearts for Haiti will be used exclusively for Operation Smile’s efforts in Haiti. For more information on their on-the-ground response, you can visit http://www.blogger.com/www.operationsmile.org/haiti.
To Place Your Order February 1 - 28...Go To My Website: keeleyskreations.myctmh.com