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.
Solar Power Pumps Water UpHill: Our team has implemented solar energy to replace human labor, with special pumps and PVC engineered to make the trek up winding hillsides to storage and faucets. This collaborative effort, with our local team of experts who know the territory, and our Stanford-trained engineers (who dream up plans, absent on-the-ground experience), has been in place since 2014. With a firm understanding of gravity and the Pythagorean team, our local experts have refined the Stanford dream and made it manifest and functional in the hills of rural Haiti. This system serves perhaps 80 households. "A dwop nan bokit", but still a drop
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!