By Croix Thompson - Caribbean and West African Regional Manager
The Initial Planning Meeting of Bethel, Haiti
On June 12th, Trees for the Future had their initial planning meeting which was attended by the 20 leaders of the various farmers groups throughout the town of Bethel, Haiti. After enduring another disappointing year of lower than average rainfall, which lead to a decline in crop yields, the leaders conveyed to Trees for the Future that all of the group members are excited about this opportunity to learn modern agro-forestry techniques which will give them the tools to raise their quality of life while enhancing the surrounding environment.
The subjects covered included:
The announcement that Global Giving supporters have begun to donate funding for their agro-forestry projects;
Nominating local technicians that will be trained to maintain the community tree nursery;
The schedule for teaching modern agro-forestry techniques to the group members.
The leaders were excited to hear the news that Global Giving supporters have donated funding for the agro-forestry project in their community. The leaders have agreed that they will support the project in anyway possible and they are looking forward to getting the project started. The next steps consist of locating a suitable site for establishing the community nursery, setting specific dates for training each of the groups in nursery construction, maintenance, agro-forestry techniques, and establishing the community nursery. The group leaders thank the donors of Global Giving for investing in their future and they assure everyone that the donor's efforts will not go in vain.