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On DECEMBER 6, 1492
Christopher Columbus first laid eyes on the pristine shores of the island of Hispanola. Lush with fruits and towering mahogany trees Haiti became known as "La Perle des Antilles" or "the Pearl of the Caribbean".
What was once France's richest colony today has become one of the world's poorest nations, hindered by dictatorships, depleted natural resources, and overwhelming spiritual darkness.

H O P E   F O R   H A I T I
Whether you are planning a trip or would just like to learn more about Haiti we invite you to visit the rest of this web site. Our hope is that one day you would learn first hand of the beauty of Haiti that endures to this day - that of its culture and of its people.

Haiti is the oldest black republic in the world.
Population: approximately 8.3 million, almost entirely of African origin
Employment rate: 30%
Illiteracy rate: 48%
Religion: Catholic 85%, Voodoo 90%
Languages: French (official), kreyol (most widely spoken)
Current government: Elected president
Haiti is the poorest and most densely populated country in the Western Hemisphere.
Average life expectancy is 52 years.

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