85% of schools in Haiti are private. For the more than 50% of families living in poverty, education for their children is an expense they can barely afford. As well as tuition they need to pay for uniforms and books. Many children miss days or even weeks at a time due to lack of money for fees, food or both. Many children are not in their age appropriate class, more than half leave before 6th grade and a mere 30% attend high school. Illiteracy rates in Haiti are the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean.