Young people in Haiti
Representing more than half the population, young people in Haiti face high levels of unemployment with around 25 per cent out of work.

Prior to the 2010 earthquake, more than a third of the population over five had no schooling and less than a third had completed elementary school.

Since the earthquake, education, living conditions and the health of young people and their families have deteriorated further. This situation was exacerbated by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Young people also have few opportunities for leadership roles because the Haitian constitution bars them from elected office until they are 25. Supporting them to secure a decent income through employment and entrepreneurship, and giving them opportunities to influence decision makers, is vital for the future of the country.

Our work in Haiti
Our partner IDEJEN was quick to respond after Haiti’s devastating emergencies, providing immediate emergency supplies including food, water, shelter, medicines and medical support.

They also recognise that people living in poverty are more vulnerable following disasters; their homes are often poorly constructed, their health worse, and they have little access to social safety nets though their family or community.

By providing vocational training to young Haitians from poor rural and slum areas, we are helping them to help themselves out of poverty and increasing their resilience to future disasters.

Eyewitness: “The situation following Hurricane Matthew is catastrophic”

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Homes destroyed by Hurricane Metthew

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Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti

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Haiti's government estimate that 750,000 people need immediate assistance. Photo: LWF

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Young people thrive in post-earthquake Haiti

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By April 2018, we’re aiming to reach over 1,000 young people, and train them in skills in promising tourism and construction sectors – such as catering, hospitality, masonry, tiling and plumbing

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How young leaders are preparing Haiti for future natural disasters

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Young people in Haiti are working actively in their communities to prepare them for flooding, landslides, earthquakes and hurricanes. Photo: IDEJEN

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Life in Haiti five years after the earthquake

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In the aftermath of the earthquake in 2010 young people struggled to access education and find employment. We supported the worst affected communities so they could rebuild their lives. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/LWR/ACT Alliance

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Tackling crises in 2012: how you’ve helped this year

Haiti, Madagascar, Pakistan

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Notes from the field: Haiti

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Haiti one year on: emergency then and now

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YMCA increases relief effort

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The aftermath of the earthquake

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Gwenael Apollon, General Secretary of Haiti YMCA tells us about the destruction he saw in the days following the earthquake.

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