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Against The Odds, The Mission Of CNP Haiti Endures

At CNP Haiti in Ville De Léogâne, Haiti.
CNP Haiti
At CNP Haiti in Ville De Léogâne, Haiti.

For years, the Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti - a nonprofit here in Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley - has helped women and families to break the cycle of malnutrition in a remote and mountainous area of southern Haiti.

The staff on the ground - in the Leogane region - is 97 percent Haitian.

But in the past two years, their work has been disrupted by shock after shock: the assassination of Haiti’s President, a hurricane, tropical storms, gang activity, ongoing roadblocks, food insecurity and the nonexistence of modern health care.

Carter Paden chairs the board of CNP Haiti here in Chattanooga.

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