Sep 10, 2021

Haiti Goat Project Update September 2021

Summer students enjoying some Chili Kabrit
Summer students enjoying some Chili Kabrit

Dear Friends of the Haiti Goat Project,

Greetings! It is our hope that your family, friends and loved ones are happy and healthy. 

Thank you so very much for your continuing support of the Haiti Goat Project.  It has been a busy time since our last report at the start of the summer.

Since we've last touched base two major events occurred in Haitii....the assasination of President Jovenel Moise on July 7th, 2021 and then the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred on August 14th, 2021.  Despite these tremendous challenges, the people of Haiti are working together to bring their country forward and our team in Gressier is working hard to help their neighbors in need.

The presidental assination resulted in a temporary closure of the international airport but as the situation began to stabliize, the airport reopened soon after.  This was a tremendous aid for our project as we were able to still send a shipment of 15 cartons of supplies for both our Goat Genetic Improvement and Farm-to-Fork programs to the team in Gressier.  In fact, it only took about 4 weeks for the supplies to arrive which, amazingly, was record time.  Our team on the ground in Gressier was also able to provide Chili Kabrit meals to about 300 children who attended a week-long summer session during July, despite all of the political upheaval.

The earthquake of August 14th occurred near the city of Les Cayes which is on the southern portion of the lower peninsula.  The two major cities that were impacted were Jeremie (located at the southern tip of the southern peninsula) and Les Cayes (located on the southern portion of the southern peninsula about 1/3 distance eastward of Jeremie) as well as all of the smaller towns and villages in between. 

Our operations in Gressier were not directly impacted; however, our operations manager traveled to Les Cayes to see if there is something that could be done to provide assistance. One of the immediate needs was a request for meals for families that had lost their homes.  Because the HGP team has facilities available to produce large numbers of meals, the HGP collaborated with several partner organizations to deliver Chili Kabrit meals to people in the vicinity of Les Cayes.  Since August 23rd, 840 Chili Kabrit meals have been prepared and delivered each week to folks in the communities around Les Cayes so they can at least have a warm and healthly goat-meat vegetable meal as they deal with all of the challenges they are facing.

Delivering meals may be a small item but for those who receives them, hopefully, it is still helpful and, at the very least, they know there are neighbors who care.

Although this isn't the typical Haiti Goat Project report, we wanted you to know that the Haiti Goat Project team is working to support Haitian families in their community, not only through our usual programs of livestock genetic improvement and provision of school lunches to malnourished children but also through the purchase of local inputs to prepare the Chili Kabrit meals and, most recently, deliver emergency meals to neighbors in need. 

None of this work can be done without your support. We can't tell you enough how important a member of our team you are.  Once again, thank you so very, very much.

With warmest regards,

Char

Chili Kabrit for Les Cayes Relief
Chili Kabrit for Les Cayes Relief
Chili Kabrit w/rice meals for Les Cayes relief
Chili Kabrit w/rice meals for Les Cayes relief

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May 18, 2021

Haiti Goat Project Update May 2021

Some of our new 2021 goat kids
Some of our new 2021 goat kids

Dear Friends of the Haiti Goat Project,

Bienvenue! I hope this email finds you and your loved ones happy and healthy. 

First and foremost, we would like to thank you for your support of the Haiti Goat Project. Your contributions make our work in rural Haiti possible.  Here's an update on our project's progress....

The political unrest in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince has continued into this spring. However, despite the challenges with getting supplies in and out of Port-au-Prince, our team in Gressier has been able to continue both our Genetic Improvement of Goats and Farm-to-Fork programs.

The mature does in our Gressier goat herd began kidding in early March and finished in mid-April.  We now have 29 new goat kids on the ground and they are thriving.  Our goat herd manager, Dlous, and his farm crew, Daniel and Joshua, did an excellent job again this year handling all of the births and taking care of newborn kids. These days, our momma goats are nursing their little ones morning, late afternoon, and night...and getting a break from 'kid-sitting' to browse the pastures duing the middle of the day (everyone..even momma goats...need a little break sometime!).  When the moms are out browsing the pastures, their kids are safely held in the barn so they don't get lost or chased by feral dogs.

Our Farm-to-Fork program continues to provide Chili Kabit meals to 4 rural schools allowing 880 grade-school children and their teachers to enjoy delicious (and nutritious) goat-meat vegetable lunches on a weekly basis. Jacques (our chef), Dlous, and both the kitchen & farm crews continue to run the program like clockwork.

Here are the Farm-to-Fork Program Impacts for the 2020-2021 School Year:

  • 36,640 Chili Kabrit meals served (Sept 2020-June 2021)
  • 320 Goats purchased from local farmers for Chili Kabrit production
  • 4.05 Tons of peppers, onions, tomatoes purchased from local vegetable growers for Chili Kabrit production
  • 100 motorcycle trips made by the local delivery business who bring Chili Kabrit meals to our most rural school site
  • Monthly salary support for our program managers, kitchen crew, and farm crew

Thank you for supporting the Haiti Goat Project through GlobalGiving.  Your support not only provides healthly meals for rural school children but also supports our project team, their famillies, and all of the farm families from whom our team purchses ingredients for making Chili Kabrit each week. 

Please know that you are truly making a difference in the lives of many children, families, and communities in the greater Gressier area of Haiti.

With warmest regards,

Char

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Jan 19, 2021

Haiti Goat Project Update January 2021

One of our 2020 goat kids who is now growing up.
One of our 2020 goat kids who is now growing up.

Dear Friends of the Haiti Goat Project,

Greetings! I hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.  Thank you for your support of the Haiti Goat Project!  Your contributions make our work in rural Haiti possible.

Here's an update on our project's progress....

Despite challenges associated with recurring political unrest in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince as well as circulation of the coronavirus, our team in Gressier has been able to maintain both the goat herd and continue our Farm-to-Fork program, which is a benefit to the entire community, children and adults alike.

Since September, we've sold three of our mature bucks to communities outside Gressier.  This means that the 20-30 farm families in each of those communities will have access to high quality goat genetics, allowing them to improve the quality of their own livestock. That's a key impact for those 75 families, which is absolutely fantastic.

Our resident goat herd is doing well.  The breeding season completed in December and now the 'boys' are again separated from the girls until breeding season next year.  Our birthing season will start in March, so we're looking forward to a new batch of goat kids this spring. 

Our Farm-to-Fork program has been serving 880 meals per week to children in the Jean-jean, Tiboukan, and Ticousin rural schools. These children's meals can only be provided because of your assistance...thank you so much for your support of these children as well as your support for the farm families from whom our team purchses ingredients for preparation of chili kabrit each week.  You have made a HUGE impact on their lives...over the past year, we've served more than 35,000 chili kabrit meals. To provide those meals to the rural school children, more than 3.5 tons of vegetables and more than 300 goats were purchased from local Haitian farmers. What an incredible economic impact for the community and a tremendous gift to the school children.

Again, thank you so very much for your willingness to donate in support of the Haiti Goat Project through GlobalGiving.  Please know that you are truly making a difference in the lives of many Haitian children and their communities.

With warmest regards,

Char

Chili Kabrit being prepared on our new stovetop
Chili Kabrit being prepared on our new stovetop
A child from one of the rural schools we serve.
A child from one of the rural schools we serve.
Proud owner of a new buck.
Proud owner of a new buck.

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