Deforestation Made Hurricane Matthew Worse for Haiti

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If it seems like Haiti has a disproportionate number of natural disasters, you’re right. But it’s more than just bad luck or lousy geographical positioning (tornado alley anyone?).  Some (too much) of the damage, death, and suffering is man-made.  The cause?  Deforestation. According to the World Bank, Haiti has less than 4% tree coverage as of 2015.  Why?  Because oil is expensive, Haitians make charcoal by cutting down and burning trees in massive heaps; the process is disturbing. Charcoal has provided 85% of Haiti’s cooking energy for decades, and along with heating daily … Read More

After Initial Surge of Relief, Longterm Vision is required in Haiti

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Only $2700 from our seedling nursery goal! There’s a reason Giving Tuesday came into existence; we need to cleanse our soul after over indulgence from a hearty Thanksgiving meal, excess drink, and too much shopping. We’ve launched a fundraiser¬†for a seedling nursery near Camp Perrin — a small village on a hillside near Les Cayes that suffered extreme loss. ¬†We’re $2700 from our goal. Thanks for pushing us over! Hurricane Matthew Update: Thanks to our many friends who have asked how we (staff, farmer partners, … Read More