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Hope For Haiti, A Chattanooga Walk-A-Thon For Haiti's Children

A child receiving care from staff at the Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti in December 2023.
Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti
A child receiving care from staff at the Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti in December 2023.

In Haiti, gangs control many parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Gang members are relying on extortion and kidnapping to finance themselves - and assert their power over the country’s future.

The rampant violence is deepening Haiti’s severe and chronic political instability, sparking a humanitarian crisis on top of existing crises.

And yet, despite these conditions, the work of the Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti goes on.

For more than twenty-five years, the nonprofit - based here in Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley - has helped women and families to break the cycle of malnutrition in southern Haiti, a remote and mountainous area.

On Saturday, it will hold the Hope for Haiti Walk-a-Thon, starting at 9 AM in Coolidge Park in downtown Chattanooga.

Dr. Anany Prosper is Country Director of CNP Haiti - and Patricia Cyr Watlington is the program’s executive director.

Banner for Hope For Haiti Walk-A-Thon.
Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti

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