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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Sep 28, 2020

Haiti Goat Project Update September 2020

Our Farm-to-Fork kitchen team
Our Farm-to-Fork kitchen team

Dear Friends of the Haiti Goat Project,

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

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

The political unrest in Port-au-Prince (Haiti's captial) continues on a intermittent, but unpredictable, basis making movement around the city somewhat challenging. However, our team has been able to retrieve cargo flown into the airport on a fairly regular basis. Fortunately, the unrest has not reached our project site in Gressier which has allowed our Haitian team to move forward with project activities despite the difficulties occurring in the capital.

Some good news....the goat herd is doing great.  Dlous, our herd manager, and his farm crew are now in the process of preparing the females for the upcoming breeding season which will begin in early October.  The herd bucks are more than ready to join their 'girls' in October :) ...goats are so social!  After the breeding season ends, we'll be looking forward to a new batch of goat kids to start arriving in March as our annual production cycle continues.

More good news...the Haitian school year has begun and our Farm-to-Fork program has been up and running since August, 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, so please know that you are making a direct and tangible impact in their lives.  Without the Farm-to-Fork program, these children would not be receiving any meals during the school day, so thank you for helping care for these little ones.

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 loaded for transport to Tiboukan
Chili Kabrit loaded for transport to Tiboukan
Herd bucks waiting to meet the girls
Herd bucks waiting to meet the girls

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Jun 6, 2020

Haiti Goat Project Update June 2020

Jacques, our chef, receiving shipped-in supplies
Jacques, our chef, receiving shipped-in supplies

Dear Friends of the Haiti Goat Project,

First and foremost, please accept our sincerest thanks for all of your support of the Haiti Goat Project.  Your donations make our project possible and we want you to know how very much your support is appreciated. Here's an update on the situation in Haiti and our project's progress...

The Covid-19 pandemic continues in Haiti and the country is in a health-related shutdown until July 20th.  Based on information from Medecins Sans Frontieres, there are about 2,600 cases with about 50 deaths as of early June. However, this is likely an undercount. The policial situation in Haiti is also still tenuous. Unfortunately, gang activity continues to be a major challenge in the greater Port-au-Prince area. Therefore, our team on the ground in Gressier tries to consolidate necessary trips into Port-au-Prince to minimize the chance of danger. 

Travel to and from Haiti is very limited. Commercial international passenger flights from the US have basically been suspended until at least the end of June. Fortunately, althougth passenger flights are limited, cargo flights are still being permitted so we can still keep our project moving forward.

We have set up with two partner organizations, Christianville Foundation and Missionary Flights International (MFI), for cargo to be flown from MFI headquarters in Florida to the Port-au-Prince airport. In addition, MFI assists with customs and also has a storage facility near the airport that can hold shipped-in supplies for subsequent pick up.

So far, we’ve been able to send about 350 lbs of supplies in two shipments, one in March and the other in May, for both the Goat Genetic Improvement program and the Farm-to-Fork program. This has been a tremendous help and we are grateful to be able to work with both Christianville and MFI to get this accomplished. We've been able to send veterinary supplies for our goat herd, supplies for improving our pastures, spices in bulk to Jacques, our chef, to restock for the upcoming fall school semester’s Chili Kabrit production as well as kitchen equipment...including a new food processor to replace one that burned out…not surprisingly since food processors get heavy use making the volumes of Chili Kabrit that come out of Jacques' kitchen!

Some other good news....I recently heard from Charlie, a producer from the greater Gressier area, who purchased one of our young bucks (#1813) late last summer.  Charlie texted saying, "The buck I purchased has done exceptionally well. I tend to give away my new females because I'm not set up with multiple pastures to separate generations."  Not only has Charlie benefitted from our Goat Genetic Improvement program, but clearly his neighbors have as well.  :)

Again thank you very much for your willingness to support this project.  Please know that you are truly making a difference in the lives of many Haitians and their communities.

With warmest regards,

Char

A new food processor.
A new food processor.
Needed supplies for more Chili Kabrit
Needed supplies for more Chili Kabrit
Buck 1813 in Charlie's truck, headed to a new home
Buck 1813 in Charlie's truck, headed to a new home
A new batch of Chili Kabrit starting to be cooked
A new batch of Chili Kabrit starting to be cooked

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