According to an article published today on CaribWorldNews.com, many Caribbean nationals are living on less than $2.00 a day. Yes, that's TWO US DOLLARS a day. In Haiti, 71% of the island lives on this small amount and in my own beautiful St Lucia, 41% survive on this paltry amount. It comes as no surprise to me about Haiti, but in spite of the rampant poverty I see in St Lucia I really am shocked by the fact that almost half of the country is living on so little. A hard day's labor in the fields often brings in 40EC which equates to about $15.00 US.
Many people are envious of the life I lead. St Lucia sounds so amazing, and it is. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. But it is a very hard place to make a living and the cost of items are very expensive. Naturally, everything must be shipped in from other countries which escalates the price. Those who hold power in the government seem to do fairly well, but that is only a very small percentage.
Crime is increasing. Understandably. Men and women alike will do just about anything for a meal for their children. And only a very small percentage of individuals get the good jobs at beautiful resorts. So if this little piece of information serves as nothing else, I hope it will encourage you to travel to the Caribbean, to support these struggling nations and next time you go, bring small gifts of pens, pencils, books and toys to give to the poor children who go without.