According to the Haitian Times here are 11 facts about the Haitian migrant crisis right now.
”1. The migrants who arrived in Del Rio, Texas are not coming directly from Haiti. Most had been living in Brazil, Chile and other countries in South and Central America for months or years.
- Migrants began leaving Latin America when job opportunities slowed as those countries faced the pandemic. Migrants also heard incorrectly that the U.S. was granting Temporary Protected Status to any Haitian on U.S. soil.
- The Haitians paid ‘coyotes,’ a wide network of smugglers working across countries who guide migrants of all nationalities to the US-Mexico border.
- Many Haitian migrants said they paid at least $8,000 to the coyotes, using money saved up from their limited jobs in Latin America or given to them by relatives abroad.
- In the past couple weeks, nearly 14,000 migrants reached the town of Del Rio, which is on the U.S. side of the US-Mexico border, separated by the Rio Grande river. Del Rio was selected to avoid detection at other border crossings already on radar.
- Most Haitian migrants are seeking a chance at having a better life than available in Haiti, which has been crippled by multiple crises. Others are fleeing persecution. According to experts, all are seeking asylum, a status given to people who have left their native country as a result of political instability that could directly harm their families.
- About 20 to 40 people per day were being arrested as migrants tried to continue north, straining Del Rio’s already crowded jails.
- The Biden Administration began deporting migrants on Sept. 19 en masse. It is using a Trump-era rule to deport anyone who may have been exposed to Covid-19.
- Six flights are planned per day to Port-au-Prince, the capital, and Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s second largest city. In a statement, the Biden administration also said it will work with countries where the migrants previously resided to see if they can return there also.
- In Haiti, each arriving migrant is being given some cash, with amounts reportedly ranging from $100 to 100 Haitian Gourdes, about $15, to help them find their way in Haiti.
Ways to help and heal Haiti.
Not long before the devastating 4.2 magnitude earthquake that shattered more of Haiti’s infrastructure the country’s president was assassinated leaving the country in disarray of violence , terrorism and turmoil.
Here are a few organizations that send aid directly to Haiti.
CARE is a leader within a worldwide movement that “… works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.” Emphasizing inclusivity and sponsoring the underserved, the nonprofit’s development gears near evenhanded progress. Their 2X MATCH: Haiti Earthquake Emergency webpage ensures healthy financial backing and improves food security among Haitians.
2. Ayiti Community Trust
The nonprofit organization Ayiti Community Trust (ACT) has a mission to “… support and sustaindevelopment innovation in Ayiti in the areas of civic education, environment, and entrepreneurship.” Previously, Ayiti leaders have taught children the concept of endowment through a three-tier system: Plant, Grow & Harvest. By mobilizing Haitians to invest in Haitian-led asset-based innovations, they encourage knowledge of self and Black business.
3. Capracare, Inc.
The Haitian-led charity Capracare has a vision to “… give the people of Haiti the skills and confidence to build dynamic and sustainable preventive health programs.” Focusing on advancing wellness programs in rural Haiti, their team has expanded beyond implementing low-income access to preventive health care. Their partners now offer mental health services, financial payments, medical care, and health and nutrition education services.
Through their Earthquake Relief Drive and services, the locals in Fonfrède, Haiti, and beyond will be provided essential resources to strive toward eudaimonia. The charitable founder, Jean Pierre-Louis, MPH, has practice including healthcare surrounding at-risk communities and developing nations, previously including areas in Ghana. Those interested in supporting them can also join diverse ambassador programs alongside the people of Fonfrède.
4. Hope for Haiti
Hope for Haiti was founded by humanitarian and philanthropist JoAnne Kuehner. Children in southern Haiti inspired her to improve access to education in the rural neighborhoods. Thirty-two years later, the community-based mission is driven by “… the fundamental belief that there is always a pathway to a better life.” Naomi Osaka is a notable supporter.
The recent earthquake occurred near their communal space. Subsequently, a short and long-term response to the disaster was issued. A stockpile of emergency kits was prepositioned and immediately dispersed to locals in the aftermath. Daily protocols have been placed on hold, as items including antibiotics, tarp, wheelchairs, water, first aid supplies, and deworming medication are being distributed to those in need. Hope for Haiti remains at the sight of the disaster and utilizes global outreach allies.
5. Partners In Health
Partners In Health’s approach to medical science is unique with respect to affiliates’ use of sister organizations based in settings of poverty. The nonprofit’s mission is to “… provide a preferential option for the poor… and serve as an antidote to despair.” More than housing, Haitian earthquake survivors need a place to heal. The collective’s care is lifesaving worldwide.