The average American family this year spent nearly $900 on Christmas gifts, an incredible statistic when we consider that adults in some countries make less than that in an entire year.
In Haiti, for example, the average yearly income is about $400 – less than half of what the average U.S. family spends on merely toys and other gifts in one month.
On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we talk to Dave Young, executive director of Heart of God Haiti, a ministry that is friends of OTGR and one that meets the spiritual and physical needs of Haitians – teaching them skills that help them become self-sufficient.
Heart of God Haiti runs an orphanage, school, feeding program, adult training program, and English language program, helping lift hundreds of Haitians out of a cycle of poverty.
Young says such a ministry is desperately needed in a country in which:
- 40 percent of the country cannot read or write
- 67 percent of adults do not have a formal job.
- 59 percent of the country lives on less than $2 per day.
- Children often go entire days without any food, frequently digging in dumpsters for scraps.
Haiti has been reeling ever since the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 100,000 people and orphaned thousands of children.
But there is hope, Young says, and children and families are being saved each week not only from possible starvation from from a life dependent on handouts. And you can help. Listen as Young shares stories that will motivate and inspire you this holiday season.