Battling poverty in Port-Au-Prince
The risks are great, but so are the rewards. For over 100 years Canadian Christians have been building schools, healing the sick and feeding the hungry in developing countries. These missionaries honoured their faith by expressing the message of Christianity through humanitarian work. Despite local conflicts and cultural difficulties, missionaries in recent decades have served in the field with courage, humility and the desire to make a difference.
• Richard Arsenault was a target of the military regime because he treated people who had been wounded by its soldiers. He also offered shelter to victims of the regime.
• Haiti is a former French colony in the Caribbean Sea. Most of its citizens are descendents of slaves who were brought from Africa to work the sugar plantations. In 1804, after a slave revolt and a long struggle, Haiti declared its independence — the first black republic to do so.
• With an average per-capita yearly earning of under $500, Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. It also has the world's highest rate of HIV/AIDS outside of Africa.
• Haiti is located on the western portion of the island of Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic, a former Spanish colony, occupies the eastern side.
Program: Sunday Report
Broadcast Date: Oct. 9, 1994
Guest(s): Richard Arsenault
Host: Wendy Mesley
Reporter: David Halton
Last updated: November 13, 2013
Page consulted on September 10, 2014
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