Environmental Center & Volunteer Village

by Operation Green Leaves Inc.

Dear Members, Donors and Supporters: On behalf of Operation Green Leaves, I want to wish you and your family a Happy New Year and many blessings in 2013.  This will our last and final report and message on our Environmental Center and Volunteer Village project on Global Giving. In an effort to raise the necessary funds for our project we will be trying other avenues. We have been on GG for 2 years now. You can find out more about the project on our website at http://www.oglhaiti.com. We want to thank you again for your past support and will count on your future support. Peace and Blessings, Nadine C. Patrice, Executive Director.

Raising funds for our project has been very challenging. We are still hopeful that our members, friends, supporters and potential donors will one day understand the importance of our environmental center project in Haiti and find it in their heart to support our cause to help us make our project a reality.

We are continuing with our efforts to seek partnerships for the project from corporations and private foundations. Our technical and educational plan is now ready. The building design and the selection of sustainable building material is ready. The only obstacle in our way is funding.

To give some brief information on why the center is needed and would benefit all in Haiti. Haiti's poor are hungrier than ever before. Unable to grow enough food to feed their families, too many have resorted to cutting down more trees to make the commodity of choice "Charcoal", the main source of fuel in the country. It is precisely because they are extremely poor that they are unable to protect their environment or improve their production. Low-technology advancements that can make trees more profitable, like grafting of fruit trees are not widely available enough to make the necessary impact and get the results. Our environmental center will give access to knowledge, training and information about better agricultural techniques and environmental conservation practices. In cruel irony, it is the very steps they take to stay alive today, such as cutting down of trees to make charcoal that lead to the destruction of their environment and their inability to produce the food they need to live tomorrow.

We are committed and dedicated as ever to the project. We already have the land which is a huge step, we just need the financial support to build our center. We are counting on your support.

Peace & Blessings,

Nadine C. Patrice

Executive Director

Raising the necessary funds to break ground on our project has been quite slow since we started the project. We understand that with  the difficult economic situation people are facing globally, and the fact that there is so much need for help throughout the world we are all competing for these life saving dollars. We decided that we need to implement new strategies to obtain faster results.

We are soliciting corporations and private foundations to join us as partners on the project. We own the land, the design and plan is already done. Most importantly we already have decided on the materials to build the center.

We will be using a lot of bamboo as the main building material which is a renewable resource.  (see pictures for details.) and of course all other materials and systems will be sustainable.

The first phase we are building will be building the Volunteer village which will help us get many volunteers from various Universities to assist us on the project.

The location of our project is a perfect one, only 45 miles from Port-au-Prince. Very accessible.

We would like to encourage and inspire all GlobalGiving visitors to take a look at our project and support it. We are a non-profit 501 (c ) 3 tax exempt organization registered in the State of Florida for more than 20 years.

The center will include a seed bank, a nursery which will be available to all to reforest Haiti as well as important classes and training on urgent environmental issues.  Without the proper funding we cannot reach our goal. We are asking visitors to the GG site to please help.

Peace & Blessings

Nadinde C. Patrice

Executive Director

Operation Green Leaves Inc.

Since our last report, students from FIU in Miami have join the project, volunteering their time under the leadership of Architect for Humanity (Miami) and Uplab Inc.

We hope to brake ground on the project by the end of the Year. We have been working on getting the best cost for the material, supplies and labor for the 1st phase. We will provide that information on our next report. As per our last report, the 1st phase includes clearing of the land/putting up the fence and breacking ground on the Volunteer Village.

We have a team going to work on the poject in May of this year. We are hoping to have some student from a few universities volunteer on the project this summer.

We have not reached our financial goal yet for our first phase. Funding has been slow. We are currently working on a campaign to get corporate funding  & support as well.

We own the land, the design and plans are ready, decisions on material and supplies have been made what is lacking is the funding.

If you are reading this report I urge you to support our project and tell a few friends. Restoring Haiti's environment is a key component in the sustainable rebuilding of Haiti.  This center which will be available to all will help us increase our tree planting capacity with our seed bank and nurseries, provide important clases, training and seminars on many urgent invironmental issues such as soil conservation, erosion control, sustainable agro-forestry and much more. We will continue to work closely with our grassroots partners, provides the above mentioned services so they can go back to their communities, implement what they have learn and have a greater positive impact on their environment.

So the only obstacle to a more rapid progress on our project is funding. Please help if you can.

Project Promotional Board
Project Promotional Board

Since our last report. Our partner on the project Architect for Humanity, Miami Chapter, has been working with staff and volunteer to put the final touches on the design of the volunteer bungalows. They are also doing more research in the use of Bamboo as our primary construction material. The Volunteer Village will be the first phase of the project. The volunteers will be able to live on site while helping us with the project. For details on the updated project design and plan, please visit http://www.openarchitecturenetwork.org/projects/oglhaiti

Our team is planning or next mission to work on the project in mid-December. We are already recruiting the volunteers for this upcoming mission with our project partner Community Collaboration International. On this upcoming tree our goal is to work on the plan for the fencing of the property, meet with more members of the community that we did not have a chance to meet with on our last mission. Our goal is to get the people of Arcahaie intimately involved with the project, although the center will be open an available to all the sectors of the society from all over Haiti.

We are working on a plan to form additional partnership with other organization and seeking Corporate support for the project. With these hard economic times raising the necesssary funds has been a challenge.

Our Vision is one of a Green and Sustainable Haiti. Our plan is working at a grassroots level with our partners. We are confident that we can make it a reality,however we need the financial support of our members and friends.


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Organization Information

Operation Green Leaves Inc.

Location: Coral Gables, Florida - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.oglhaiti.com
Operation Green Leaves Inc.
Project Leader:
Nadine Patrice
Executive Director/Co-Founder
Coral Gables,, Florida Haiti

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