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Sep 2, 2011

Replicating Success!

Vet volunteer and Haitian rabbit producer
Vet volunteer and Haitian rabbit producer

The Feeding Families project is going well - each visit to Grand Boulage shows how much progress has been made. A recent visit of Farmer to Farmer volunteers to do veterinary training for rabbit producers sparked even greater interest from towns in the surrounding area. People are eager to raise rabbits. The project is planning to expand geographically and include some new communities. The lessons from Grand Boulage will allow us to hopefully replicate their success. Stay tuned for more details!

May 4, 2011

Success Breeds Success

A report from the field via our partner group, Friends of Haiti:

In February, Friends of Haiti members visited the Grand Boulage community to build on the successful work being done through Global Giving and the Feeding Families Program.  Three new rabbitries are being planned to add to the six that are in place.  Ground work, is fittingly being done, to expand to a second tree nursery and begin vegetable gardens in a neighboring, rural community. 

On our visit we saw new tree seedlings were growing in the current nursery in preparation for May day plantings. The nursery manager pointed to sites on the higher mountains, where trees were growing to hold the soil and reforest the barren slopes. Our group was surprised to find that land was cleared near the nursery. Posts with palm leaves sheltered the start up of a new tree nursery.  The community had seen what was being accomplished through the Global Giving Project and had invested in their own tree nursery.  Having done major work on building a road through cash for work, they determined the need to plant trees along the road to prevent erosion. The young nursery manager, who hopes to study to be an agronomist, will have added hours to oversee the nursery and be paid by his community, an investment that should have long term benefits for all.

The road will play an important role in getting the rabbits to market. A next step also will include the possibility of selling a percentage of trees to make the nursery self-sufficient in the future. Accessibility opens the door for rural markets and will help to build long term food security. With school lunch programs beginning in the area there may be opportunities for our gardeners to supplement the children’s nutrition with “home grown” vegetables.  Leadership from Farmer to Farmer and Makouti Agro Enterprises [other Global Giving partners] and the people of Grand Boulage are greening the mountains and feeding families.  Thank You Global Giving donors for your contribution in making it happen!

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Your donations have helped make these successes possible!  We thank you for your continued support for the Feeding Families project.  

Jan 3, 2011

Seeds of Change Planted in Haiti

Sharing experiences with fellow producers
Sharing experiences with fellow producers

The Feeding Families Project is proud to be contributing to agricultural development in Grand Boulage and surrounding areas.  In collaboration with Friends of Haiti (FOH) and other groups, progress is being made in the nursery and small animal projects.  

Nursery Project
Below are some excerpts from recent reports from Nursery Manager Jean Rony Dorelus:

Seedling Production:

  • 2,400 bags have been filled and 1,040 seedlings have been distributed and planted in the ground
  • 1,360 seedlings are in growth and will be distributed, including:  500 Avocado trees, 300 Casse trees, 200 Sede trees, 300 Orange tree and 10 Almond trees

Trees Planted:
540 trees are planted: 120 Avocado trees, 80 Casse trees, 70 Sed trees, and 64 Mango trees

The Gardens:
15 families have vegetables gardens at their homes, and some are doing quite well.  Others are facing challenges, particularly the insects that are destroying the plants.  We are seeking solutions to this pest problem.  Training sessions have been held for families with gardens focused mainly on the production and protection of the seedlings. Vegetable seeds that we would like in the future include cabbage, carrots, beets, spinach, tomatoes, beans, lettuce, and Parsley.

Small Animal Production
In the area of small animals, training has been provided to goat producers in the community.  FOH has started a new program modeled after 4 H that focuses on school children and teaches them how to properly raise animals and gives them a pregnant goat.  

The rabbit activities continue and each new rabbitry that is build seems to be an improvement over the next.  The community wants additional rabbit production units to be started for other successful producers.  The next step for the rabbit producers is to develop a better marketing plan that will further encourage production, co-operation and an income source. 

 

**Your generous gifts help support these and other activities in Haiti and we THANKS YOU for your donations and commitment to the Feeding Families Project!**  

Collecting local planting materials
Collecting local planting materials
Visit to successful rabbitry in Grand Boulage
Visit to successful rabbitry in Grand Boulage
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