About Haiti Benefit Auction
Decades of political unrest and occasional tropical storms have wrecked the country and its’ economy to the extent that over 80% of Haitians live in abject poverty, and survive on subsistence living. The result of subsistence living creates a cortex of problems. Deforestation results from cutting trees for cooking fires, or to sell as fuel. Landslides occur as a result of deforestation, which causes viable water supplies to be lost or destroyed, resulting in sickness by consuming and utilizing impure water, and the cycle continues downward.
These problems create a need for wells, food, housing, schooling, spiritual tutoring, orphanages, roads, clinics, etc., in any given mountain village.
When possible, mission outposts utilize items such as sewing machines, knitting supplies, grinding mills, welders, etc. to assist in self-help teaching. Virtually all of these supplies must be imported from the U.S, which also incurs a considerable expense.