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

hurricane matthew crops coffee

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, friends, family in Haiti) are doing after Hurricane Matthew.   In short:

  • We’re heartbroken at the loss of life, homes, crops, and livestock.
  • We’re sad that what few tall trees Haiti does possess, snapped in half by the thousands.
  • We’re at a loss that a farmer-partner coffee cooperative in Beaumont suffered near total crop loss.
  • We’ve shed tears over low-elevation towns that were washed off the map.
  • We’re depressed that a bulk of the attention will be given to immediate relief with little vision of long-term change.

So… #hurricanematthew was pretty much a normal day at the Rooster (laughter IS the best medicine).

We’re still reeling, feeling all of those things but we’re a practical bunch and know that our long-term goals of reforesting Haiti with income-providing crops is an excellent solution to challenges in Haiti.  It’s not a secret that Haiti’s lack of vegetation made the Hurricane’s impact that much worse.

eye-matthew-haitiWe acknowledge that emergency relief is necessary; people are homeless, hungry, scared.

If you’ve been in Haiti as long as we, you know all too well that after the initial surge of support, they’ll all pack up and go home or onto the next calamity.   We encourage our friends, our kindred spirits to keep telling others about the long-term vision.

Moreover, the short attention span of the American public makes a long-term game plan that much more important.

In that vein, 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.

Help replant crops after Hurricane Matthew

Deforestation made Hurricane Matthew Worse for HaitiHurricane Matthew was devastating for our farmer partners — in both coffee and cacao. Moreover, townspeople lost valuable food crops that sustains livelihoods: mango, avocado & citrus trees. Help us raise $10,000 for a seedling nursery near Camp Perrin — a small village on a hillside near Les Cayes that suffered extreme loss.

Join Singing Rooster and friends in raising $10,000 for a seedling nursery near Camp Perrin.  Pass it on –>

Our seedling nursery will provide locals with coffee, cacao, mango, avocado & other income-producing plants important to this locale.

Join us – and our other friends as we put together a fund raiser of $10,000:

  • Sr. Ruth of CREA (Illegitimi non carborundum), Connecticut
  • Joseph Altenor / Haitian Sensation Cafe, Pennsylvania
  • Mika Cohen, Missouri
  • Jean Robert Dubois, Maine
  • Your cafe, church or nonprofit?  You the powerful individual?

If you want to help organize a local fundraiser at your home-town cafe, church, school, we’ll help you do it.  Just let us know.

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