Giving Thanks . . . the Dominican Republic and Haiti
Written by Dahlia Guajardo on November 27, 2013 in General
In this final blog before the Thanksgiving holiday we give thanks for the seeds of hope and restoration being sown in the Dominican Republic and Haiti!
In the Dominican Republic, we give thanks for:
through sustainable development. The ultimate measure of our success is when a community no longer needs us. We are excited to announce that four communities are equipped and ready to “graduate” from Plant With Purpose programs: Juan Adrian, Los Mogotes, La Lomita, and Piedra Blanca. The community leaders of Piedra Blanca share, “We feel we have improved greatly. We have more economic stability, our businesses are larger, our spiritual lives have improved, and many people are committed Christians.”
by mobilizing churches and Village Savings and Loans groups to work alongside the government-sponsored national literacy campaign. Churches and VSLAs in more than 30 Dominican communities have become a platform for literacy. As a result, more Dominicans are coming to know God’s word in the 208 active home Bible studies with 2,982 participants.
In Haiti, we give thanks for:
Restoring productivity to the land…
by planting 1,945,529 trees and constructing 1,573 miles of soil conservation barriers, to date. To feed their families and earn an income, 85-90 percent of Haitians are dependent on what they can grow. Through sustainable agriculture techniques, such as erosion-control barriers, farmers are restoring the land and experiencing more abundant harvests!
such as pooling funds to buy livestock for starting small breeding businesses. This year, 16 groups have created new community-led, self-funded projects! Pastor Elizé from Beyanos affirms Plant With Purpose’s approach to development: “It does not give fish, but it teaches us how to fish.”
Civiné, a member of the Pila community group explains that the training she received in compost fertilizer “improved the yield of my crops, pepper and cabbage.” Through further training Civiné constructed erosion barriers to protect her land. Civiné’s community group also included Bible reflections that she says, “brought a lot changes for me; they permitted me to get good relationship with my neighborhood.”
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