The January 2010 earthquake, the subsequent storms, and harmful agricultural and environmental practices took a great toll on the people of Haiti, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable populations. With 55 percent of the country living on less than $1 a day, hundreds of thousands of families were in need of aid. But because of you, we have helped nearly half a million families transform their lives and thrive. Our project in Haiti received tremendous support from donors like you and is fully funded at this time. Thank you!
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Because of your loyal support, the people are recovering from these devastating shocks and are better equipped with the tools they need to continue building stronger communities into the future. Thank you!
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Thank you for your support. Because you have put your caring into action, we are able to make a positive impact on families' lives in Haiti, providing 429,000 people with access to clean drinking water and transforming the lives of farmers with soil conservation. To show our appreciation, we'd like to share a video depicting the incredible work you and your fellow donors accomplish in Haiti and around the world.
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Together, we help people turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve.
On behalf of the families you help around the world - thank you.
Over the past thirty years, Haiti’s forest cover has dramatically decreased and now represents less than two percent of the Haitian territory. 85% of the country’s watersheds are degraded. Erratic rainfall and a six month hurricane and tropical storm season lasting from June to November, leave families in Haiti vulnerable.
BUT, because of your continued support, Mercy Corps is right there to assist them. You are proactively protecting the land from soil erosion and improving crop productivity through agroforestry and soil conservation. You are stabilizing ravines and protecting roadways to ensure access to local markets. And you are continuing to provide agricultural and business training to local farmers, with access to diverse crops.
Your support has helped local farmers like Prosper Estivern (35) produce higher yields and obtain food security. Prosper worked with Mercy Corps in our first year in Haiti to build soil conservation structures in a garden where he previously planted only corn and beans. Now, he harvests sweet potatoes, yucca, sugar cane, plantains and papaya along with several different kinds of tree fruits from the same garden. He received a loan for the outstanding work he has done to keep the soil conservation on his land well maintained.
During visits to the field, we hear positive feedback from communities regarding the difference between the gardens that were protected with soil conservation structures and those that were not. The superior health of the plants in the conserved gardens is noted by many farmers and has solidified some new believers on the importance of soil conservation.
In Sibas, the crowning glory of the conservation work from the communities’ perspective is after last year's heavy rain, when a major ravine cut off their route to Montrouis (their major market outlet), the road was still in perfect shape after four days of heavy rain.
Thank you for your ongoing compassion for families in Haiti and all that you do to help farmers thrive in one of the world's toughest places.
Starting their own business, for many people I know, is a lifelong dream and a satisfying professional choice. Here in the U.S., plentiful resources — from community colleges to internet cafes — help aspiring entrepreneurs launch their ideas. Not so in Haiti, where starting a business may be the only way to survive, and help is scarce. That's why entrepreneurs there must be so tenacious and motivated. Take Bilha. She started working in her mother's store when she was just a child. Later, as a secretarial student, she sold supplies to her classmates. Soon she began selling clothing, shoes and makeup door-to-door. Then, after the devastating 2010 earthquake, she rented a storefront for her goods and added a beauty salon. Now, with your help, she's repairing and expanding her salon and opening a cosmetology school. You have helped Bilha take those critical next steps to build a business that can sustain her for years to come. Your donation supports a Mercy Corps program that's helping this smart, hardworking Haitian woman write a business plan, get a loan and learn the basics of finance, human resources and marketing — the skills she needs to succeed. This new knowledge, coupled with the vision and determination she has had all along, is giving Bilha a big boost. "In Haiti," she says, "a female entrepreneur has to have a lot of brains to get ahead, because we are marginalized, we are underestimated. It's up to you to prove yourself." She should know — there's no doubt Bilha is following her own advice. I hope you feel as proud as I do to be her partner. Get to know Bilha in a short two-minute video Thank you for helping self-starting businesswomen like Bilha get back to work after life's most shattering setbacks. With their unstoppable perseverance and your loyal support, the shops and schools and salons of Haiti are once again opening for business.
Sincerely, Dan O'Neill Founder
This week, thanks to you, our teams in Haiti and the communities they are working with have a reason to celebrate Earth Day!
The damage done by the 2010 earthquake and the storms since then has been devastating in this region. Today, less than 2% of the land is forested and the resulting soil erosion has led to landslides, floods and crop failures. Because of these conditions, communities have struggled to make a living as they rely on the mountains and the land.
But because of your generosity, Mercy Corps has been able to establish a reforestation program to help bring these mountains back to life. We are providing farmers and community members trees to plant to aid the reconstruction process. As one Haitian woman exclaimed, "We're making the mountains the way they were before."
And now we want to share what this life-changing work looks like in this short, fun and upbeat video for you! Check out the people you are helping!
Thank you again for continuing to care about the people of Haiti.
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