General information on Haiti

SOS Children's Villages began its work in Haiti in 1978. The director of an orphanage in Petite Place Cazeau decided to get in touch with our organisation. Not much later, the joint decision to hand over this orphanage to SOS Children's Villages was made. The terrible 2010 earthquake that destroyed vast parts of the country made the presence of SOS Children's Villages even more important. At present there are two SOS Children's Villages in Haiti, two SOS Youth Facilities, three SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools, one SOS Vocational Training Centre, six SOS Social Centres and five SOS Emergency Relief Programmes.

Making a living as street vendors - photo: Sophie Preisch
Making a living as street vendors - photo: Sophie Preisch
The Republic of Haiti has a total population of roughly 10 million, with roughly 900,000 living in the country's capital, Port-au-Prince. Its official languages are Creole and French.

Growing up in Haiti - photo: Sophie Preisch
Growing up in Haiti - photo: Sophie Preisch