Haiti is the Poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with a population of 10.5 million habitants.
Facts about Haiti:
60% of Haitians live below the poverty line (World Bank)
17% of population have access to improved sanitation
69% of population have access to improved drinking water
50% of children have access to education
Children <5 mortality rate is 77/1000 live births vs. ~3/1000 in Western Europe (2015 UN Data Book)
More than 2/3 of the labor force do not have formal jobs
This excellent article from Bob Corbett (Webster University) is the best we
have seen so far that tries to give some answers to this question.
Bob Corbett writes at the beginning, “This issue is a difficult one for you the reader. I urge you to stick with it, to wade through. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The Haitian masses suffer some of the most debilitating and depressing misery of any people in the world. Yet, virtually all that misery is human caused, in most cases, by a tiny minority inside and outside Haiti who have the wealth and power to control.”
"Haiti is extremely vulnerable to natural hazards, with more than 90 percent of the population at risk. The southern peninsula is still rebuilding after Hurricane Mathew, a natural disaster that caused damages equivalent to 32 percent of GDP.….."
Many of the Haitian diaspora live in Florida. The “Miami Herald” has a special section on Haiti in his paper, where you can get regular news about what is going on in Haiti and its relationships with the US.