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.

       THIS IS WHAT HAS HAPPENED DESOLAITON AND EROSION...

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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