Haiti Jean Rabel
$17,415 needed of $40,000
Church World Service (CWS)
Growing Hope Globally and Church World Service have partnered for several years to support families in the Northwest Department of Haiti. The Northwest is one of the most food insecure areas in Haiti. Due to the lack of paved roads, there are few nonprofits working there to support families as they face the challenges of both frequent droughts and hurricanes. The current phase of programming is being carried out in partnership with a local association called AGEHPMDNG and is working in five communities.
The program is focused on soil conservation, reclaiming 60 hectares of land, so that the ground can be used for agroforestry activities. Families are also being supported in veterinary services and access to better breeding stock. Cisterns are being constructed so families can capture rainwater, both for farming and for household consumption.
Animals, Agriculture & Adaptation in Haiti
Animals, Agriculture, and Adaptation to Change
Despite turbulent times in Haiti and the world at large since this two-year program began in November of 2019, local partner AGEHPMDNG and participants have made strides toward their goal of improving the living conditions of 500 farm families in the country’s Northwest. Political upheaval, food shortages, the arrival of COVID-19 in Haiti, persistent drought and the resulting shock to family economies notwithstanding, the dedicated agricultural technicians on staff with AGEHPMDNG have:
- Visited all 500 families for an hourlong interview to establish a baseline of their living and farming conditions.
- Led training sessions on soil conservation, agroecological farming, and managing disasters and risks, community-based organizations, human resources, and conflicts.
- Created temporary employment for participants in the construction of 3,280 feet of rock walls and 8,284 feet of contour canals to control erosion on sloping land in the program area.
- Established a tree nursery to produce 7,453 seedlings that will be distributed and transplanted.
- Led families in installing garbage management holes to improve family health and hygiene.
- Helped participants prepare fodder gardens and construct enclosures for animals.
- Offered loans of seeds (lima beans and corn) and plants to strengthen agricultural production. The loans are paid back with “interest” in kind so additional farmers can benefit.
Growing Hope Globally and Church World Service have also supported AGEHPMDNG in developing and carrying out a COVID-19 response plan.
Haiti Jean Rabel Program
Led by Church World Service and Local Partner AGEHPMDNG