ALL TOGETHER FOR HILLSIDE HAITI

$6,529 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 60 people in 33 months
Randy Mont-Reynaud
on behalf of Randy Mont-Reynaud
 PALO ALTO, CA
Who we are:  
We are a small, grassroots 501-c3 (since 2001) that collaborates with a community in the mountains of rural Haiti.  Our website:   www.ifpigscouldflyhaiti.org

Hurricane Hit Hard:  Livestock, crops gone.  Homes in pieces. This impacts the current meager food supply as well as anticipated harvest, bringing this mountain community to it's knees...But not quite.  Some how, rural Haitians degaje and carry on.  Faith helps - theirs, and from you and me.

Pwojet Pwa
: A hill of beans is needed. In the wake of the hurricane, hopes seem momentarily dashed for the farming community of Mon Bouton.  In August, we started a model vegetable garden.  We provided support for small landholders who must focus on food crops (corn and beans) in lieu of cash crop (manyok has found a market, but our farmers cannot yet take dvantage of it.)  And then , this week, Hurricane Matthew has uprooted banane, washed out terraced plantings, and swamped plots and kitchen gardens with mud. After last summer's drought, this years over-abundant rainfall threatens food secuity (there isn't much) as subsistence agriculture barely lives up to its name.

Food vs cash crops, varied diet? In this emergency, we can't afford to worry about vegetables and seedlings; now, attention turns to the lost harvest of amber waves of green:  pwa nwa (black beans) that have been the staple of this zone for generations.

Funds from this effort will go to provide beans (for consumption)  and beans/seedlings for replanting.  It won't solve the long-term problem of food self-sufficinecy, but it will provide some hope, and agricultural work people here know well and can do.

Given the emergency, the  beans, seeds and plantlings  are charitable - and yet, work will be required for the community to bring Pwojet Pwa to fruition.

Gratitude  from the farming community, families and children (yes, they work in the fields too) forthcoming, from the heart.  Mesi anpil anpil!
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If Pigs Could Fly - Helping Hillside Haiti is busy maintaining, repairing and sustaining the water supply for our small mountain community - among other things.
Water gets pumped up hill 500 feet with solar plower pumps. The pumps have to be carried in, flown in and transported - but that's no big deal! The pumps look like small red bombs, but they fly by TSA with nary a wink.
In the first photo, the new technology meets an old method, "trial by fire," as our WaterMaster repairs parts of the PVC connectors on a wood fire.
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CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) Elisee Abraham formed teams to cut, carry, trim and plane lumber to repair Gran Dodo's home. Gran, along with 4 small girls and parents Marianje and Mesye Reymond have a new home, and over 20 people - women and men - have meaningful, paid work helping their community. Chapo ba, Elisee!
The frame nears completion.
Mountain residents work and earn.
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Commemorating the Festival of Lights and Honoring January 1, 1804, Haitian Independence Day, we don't let the lights go out; keep a candle burning for justice: https://youtu.be/hSq3rI8M5h8
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Lisa Akselrad
33 months ago
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Randy, Thanks for keeping all of us in the loop. After meeting Toma, his family, and their community, I will never forget my experiences being in Mon Bouton. I've sent $200 to If Pigs ... via snail mail to you. My prayers are with Toma. So grateful to you for keeping all of us in the loop. Lisa

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$6,529 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 60 people in 33 months
Created October 5, 2016
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$200
Anonymous
18 months ago
$100
Peter Arnold
18 months ago
$150
Anonymous
18 months ago
$100
Wendy Sinton
22 months ago
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In memory of Marie Josee, with love

SL
$36
Stephen Lazarus
29 months ago
JP
$50
Joan Polinsky
30 months ago
SG
$50
Salit Gazit
30 months ago

Kudos Randy for the hard work, and to the people of Haiti who face up to earthquakes, hurricanes, and poverty , and never give up.

$10
Karen Husted
30 months ago
$18
Marie-Josee Mont-Reynaud
30 months ago
$75
Anonymous
31 months ago
Lisa Akselrad
33 months ago
1
1

Randy, Thanks for keeping all of us in the loop. After meeting Toma, his family, and their community, I will never forget my experiences being in Mon Bouton. I've sent $200 to If Pigs ... via snail mail to you. My prayers are with Toma. So grateful to you for keeping all of us in the loop. Lisa

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