Reforestation in NW HAITI

I am Samuel Schäfer, and I've been living here in Haiti's Northwest close to Anse Rouge for three years now. Haiti's land has been 80% deforested, and I have seen the worst it can do.  

The past 20 years, this area has experienced extreme drought, and trees were cut to make charcoal in order to survive.


I work with a Haitian organization called Lemuel (OLAD). Lemuel has been pioneering reforestation efforts in the area. 

                                        This is 2007.

                         HERE IS the same spot TODAY!

Following Lemuel's example, I purchased 1.5 acers of land to start a tree farm. I  want to grow thousands of trees and to be able to replant the whole area.

RAINS have started to come since MAY and have continued! 

I see NOW is the time to start planting.

               Will you help me help this community?

My BIG dream is to get the community involved in replanting and protecting this area. I want to purchase more land to be able to stop the cutting down of trees and the erosion. 
My resources are very limited and this is why I could use your HELP.

Here is what I would need to successfully accomplish my goal....
I need to start fencing the area where I want to do the tree nursery, so that animals wont destroy it.
I need a tractor to work the land by filling up the parts where erosion happened and be able to work it again. 
I would need workers once in a while to help me work the ground and do all the work that would need to be done.
* I would need to have a water cistern where I can collect water in to be able to water the trees.

Your time to consider helping with this means a lot.
Samuel Schäfer

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