Haiti—where the tragic 7.0 magnitude earthquake killed a staggering 316,000 people in 2010—is an island nation not far from Florida. Haiti is not only the poorest country in the western hemisphere, but close to the poorest in the entire world. Half of the population is illiterate. Of the ten million Haitians, 80% live in poverty. In fact, 50%—that’s 5 million people—live in abject poverty, defined as eating only one small meal or less per day. One source states, “most Haitian children receive less nutrition than the average American house pet.”
Kathryn first went to Haiti two months after the earthquake. She returned two more times during the year she had cancer.