ALL TOGETHER FOR HILLSIDE HAITI
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!
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.
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