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- History of Haiti


With the arrival of the French a revolution started and when it was finally over, an army of black slaves had their victory against the army of Napoleon. On January 1st 1804, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, an African-born ex-slave could declare Haiti independent. It was the first black republic in the world and the first country in the Western hemisphere to abolish slavery completely.  As word got around the black population in Haiti became inspiration for Africans in the rest of the world.  Haiti is a country on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea. Haiti is about the size of the U.S. state of Maryland, just over 10,000 square miles. French and Haitian Creole are the two official languages of Haiti. Haitian Creole is the most popular language in Haiti. Haiti is one of the most populous nations in the Caribbean region. After 228 years as largely unsung contributors to American independence, Haitian soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War's bloody siege of Savannah had a monument dedicated in their honor. ... “This will help educate Americans but also Haitian youth about the significant contribution their ancestors made. In 2008 a number of tropical storms killed almost 800 people in Haiti, but in January 2010 it would get even worse for the hard tried nation. The worst earthquake in more than 200 years hits the island with an epicenter near the capital Port-Au-Prince. More than 230.000 people died in the earthquake! Infrastructure and nearly everything else got a final blow, leaving Haiti in chaos and making the relief aid even more difficult. Help form the outside world is still urgently needed.


Founder - History of AHP

 Adopt Haiti Project was founded by Diane Gaillard after the earthquake in 2010. The purpose of AHP was founded on the premise to help create a community for Haitians in Richmond and the surrounding counties. She wanted to provide a space where we could share our stories about what impact the earthquake had on us, as well as educating the community about Haiti.