Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, but it’s not because they’re lazy, it’s because there is a lack of opportunity and infrastructure. Matter of fact, I’ve met the hardest working people in Haiti. Mothers who live off of coffee to carve their appetite so their kids can have a bite of rice. Fathers who leave their families to find jobs anywhere they can. Four-year-olds carrying around their two-year-old sibling, because they were taught at a young age to take care of each other. These Haitians do not back down without a fight, but a lack of opportunities equals a lack of hope.
Education in Haiti is not free. Parents have to choose between feeding their kids, or sending them to school. Siblings have to take turns going to school each year because parents can only afford to send one child to school at a time. They want their children to get an education for a better future, but they practically can’t. To get a job, you need an education, to get an education you need money, but to get money you need a job. The cycle continues over and over again, and it will never break unless they are given opportunity. Unless they are given hope.