The Republic of Haiti includes the western portion of the Island of Hispaniola located in the Caribbean between Jamaica and Puerto Rico. Haiti is a French-Creole speaking nation of 10.8 million people. It has a torrid history which culminated in their independence on January 1, 1804. Since that time Haiti has been the product of travesty – domestic, foreign, and environmental. The country was most recently affected by the 2010 Earthquake that displaced and killed hundreds of thousands of people. Haiti has unique beauty. Its people are determined and filled with spirit. They have a rich national heritage and a breathtaking island – with rising mountains falling into Caribbean waters.