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