It is essential that the children of Haiti are exposed to educational opportunities in an effort to break the cycle of poverty experienced by so many other countries following a natural disaster. The establishment of schools, accessibility of literature, and the building of an infrastructure that provides for a sustainable schooling system are important.
Additionally, children in Haiti are in desperate need of improved nutrition and access to adequate health care. Many children in Haiti suffer from HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases, measles, malaria, and pneumonia. Similarly, they have high rates of fatalities due to injuries. It is essential that these children be provided with the opportunity to live a healthy life.
All children deserve adequate shelter. The streets of Haiti are not a suitable place for children to live and it is essential that buildings destroyed in the earthquake of 2010 be rebuilt in an effort to provide children with a safe place to be.
Sustainability is essential in a country such as Haiti. For many working in international relief and development, there is the knowledge that individuals and services will greatly change over a chronologically short period of time. It is important that partnerships with on-ground organizations are formed and that education is disseminated through these partnerships. Similarly, it is important that Haitians are trained in effective and sustainable ways that can lead to economic independence