Our mission is to support the work of Passion for Haiti –

Growing Haiti’s Future

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Crop Programs

 

Reforestation & Cacao

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Kids 4 Kidz

 

Water & Sanitation
Water & Sanitation

Agronomy Internships

 

Public Health
Public Health

 

Please support this important work. Much remains to be done before people in southwestern Haiti have adequate shelter, nutrition, medical care, and education. 100% of your contributions are spent to meet current needs including food, water purification, medical support, seeds and plants, livestock, tools, and supplies for repairing schools and homes, plus insuring a better future by educating new agronomists, training farmers, and transitioning from coffee to cacao production to mitigate the effects of climate change and newly-arrived insect pests.


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October 2016: Hurricane Matthew Devastates Southwestern Haiti

Hurricane Matthew caused massive destruction throughout Southern Haiti the week of October 2nd, 2016. Walls crumbled, roofs gone, whole villages and their occupants missing. With their livestock dead or missing, drastically reduced availability of clean water, spreading cholera, 100% crop loss and thousands of acres of trees downed or denuded, including the fruit trees which provide food for so many families, the needs of the people were overwhelming.

Etienne Francois, our point person in Haiti, and his Passion for Haiti colleagues worked non-stop for months leading relief and recovery efforts, collaborating with other charities, sourcing, directing, and delivering emergency assistance to the people most affected by the hurricane. Emergency food, water, medicine, shelter were the most urgent needs at first, followed later by recovery assistance including seeds and farm tools, replacement livestock, metal roofing, and other building materials.

After raising the funds to clear rubble, rebuild walls, purchase materials, and hire local builders, a work team including Compassion for Haiti volunteers and members from two Lake Oswego, OR church congregations went to Haiti in February to help put a new roof over 10 classrooms at the Les Anglais school with which we have a long-standing relationship. Check our Facebook page for some of the great photos they brought back to share with us. (feed and links to the right on this page). During their time there, Etienne showed up with an armload of just-picked vegetables from the first harvest of crops planted after the hurricane. So wonderful that fresh food is starting to become available!

Al Jazeera published a beautiful photo essay by one of the team members, Alex McDougall. You can see it here – Haiti: Recovery and Resilience After Hurricane Matthew.

After the months of relief work, Etienne and his team kept very busy through 2017 distributing goats and other livestock, seed, and metal roof panels to communities throughout the south including remote mountain communities like Colse, Boco, and Bwa Pikon. Then they began the transition to longer-term recovery and growth projects such as expanding the garden on the Les Anglais church property and restarting the cacao project that holds great promise for providing food and income security for thousands of families while also reforesting mountainsides to stabilize the soil and decrease flooding.


More Photos

Etienne shows fruits and vegetables from the first harvest since the hurricane
Etienne shows fruits and vegetables from the first harvest since the hurricane
Most of the trusses are up on the older of the two classroom buildings
Most of the trusses are up on the older of the two classroom buildings
Without roofing on the schoolrooms, classes were held under tarps in a church, but had to end by mid-morning due to the unbearable heat.
Without roofing on the schoolrooms, classes were held under tarps in a church, but had to end by mid-morning due to the unbearable heat.
Building trusses for the roof
Building trusses for the roof
Child labor? These kids loved helping.
Child labor? These kids loved helping.
A different job: trenching for an electrical line to power one LED bulb in each classroom.
A different job: trenching for an electrical line to power one LED bulb in each classroom.
Getting the trusses onto the roof requires lots of manpower
Getting the trusses onto the roof requires lots of manpower
The first panels of tin roofing are up. This is a punishing job under the hot Haitian sun.
The first panels of tin roofing are up. This is a punishing job under the hot Haitian sun.
The Haitian roofers left our team in awe of their strength, endurance, and skill.
The Haitian roofers left our team in awe of their strength, endurance, and skill.