The Artibonite Department is 1 of 10 departments of Haiti with a population of approximately 1.5 million people. It is located in north-central Haiti and it was known as “Haiti’s breadbasket” because of its production of the nation’s agricultural products that supported the rural economy. Irrigation systems which once supplied a water source for communities are now either dry or deteriorated which has left Haitian farmers in poor financial conditions and its citizens with food insecurity.
Sonyen is a community located in the department of Artibonite. This community has a population of about 717 community members."Richesse Haïti" which is translated to "Haiti Health", is a group of children in Sonyen that was founded on March 17, 2017. Some of the children can be seen above.
The community members in Sonyen are living in poor conditions which make many fall ill due to health issues caused by the environment, unhealthy water and the lack of nutritious foods. Sonyen is isolated from the main road, Route Nationale 1, which is surrounded by schools where the kids can receive an education. In order for children to attend school, they have to walk approximately 40 kilometers due to the absence of infrastructures. In this community, the people have expressed that they are concerned with the health and educational opportunities of their children. The community leader of Sonyen, Luckelange Saint-Jean, expressed the community's top priorities as:
Safe drinking water
A safer main pathway
The establishment of a health care center
School sponsorship and transportation for children to receive an education