The difference between chocolate and mud cookies is Heaven and Earth ! The one of the Left is after eating a delicious chocolate chip cookies and the one on the Right is after eating a Mud Cookies from Haiti.
Why are the poor families surviving on mud cookies instead of planting crops or fishing for survival ?
Haiti is a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east. It is situated in the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean and is also next to Cuba. It has a very long history of civilization dating back to pre-Spanish era in the 15th century.
It’s history are long and rich which is predominantly occupied by Spain, France, and the United States
Due to it’s unfortunate history that left Haiti being isolated from its neighboring countries from the 15th century and political struggles and fight for democracy in the 19th and 20th century, it left Haiti one of the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere with more than 70% of its population living below the poverty line.
Haiti’s exports are mainly Agriculture like cocoa, mangoes, coffee, bitter oranges (Grand Marnier) , and apparel, manufactures, essential oils (Vetiver), etc
On 12th January 2010, Haiti was stuck with a magnitude 7.0, earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and destroyed most of its infrastructure, leaving Haiti even worse than it already is…
Since then, help poured in from many nations and helped improved Haiti picked up her feet. However, much help is still needed as still a majority of the Haiti children and families are very poor.
One of their staple food is Mud Cookies. Yes Mud Cookies.
Is that edible, you may ask?
Well, it’s not the best but they don’t have much choice.
Mud cookies are made of dirt, butter and salt.
If you can help them in any way, please do so, like providing then with information that are cheap to make and using Nature resources to make an even healthier food, that would be of tremendous help to the Haitian
In Haiti, most of the people survive on a less than US $2 daily budget, fruits & other main food are nothing but a dream here. They do not have enough money to buy these nutritious food items, they are forced to eat mud cookies for survival.
These are then formed into mud cookies and laid out in the sun to dry.
Haitian doctors warned that depending on the mud cookies for sustenance risks malnutrition.
Apart from aesthetic reasons, eating these mud cookies can have adverse effects on their health, experts say. Aside from the risk of acquiring soil-transmitted helminths or bacteria, people relying on mud cookies and eating for survival also run the risk of malnutrition.