Hurricane Tomas Follow Up: Haiti Staff and Farmers Unharmed
Written by Plant With Purpose on November 9, 2010 in General
We have heard from our Haiti Program Director, Guy Paraison, that our Haitian staff and farmers are all ok despite enduring extreme weather conditions from hurricane Tomas, which hit Haiti late last week.
Guy reported that the areas of Grande Colline, Fonds Verrettes, and Bainet experienced violent winds and rain last Thursday night. Although no one was hurt, many communities have lost livestock, and half of the recently planted pigeon pea crop has been lost as a result of strong winds and landslides. Some of the houses had their roofs ripped off by the wind, as well. In Fonds Verrettes, Guy said that farmers have lost 40 goats, one mule, and pigeon pea and banana crops.
Please continue to pray for our post-earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti. We are still employing farmers through our “Cash for Work” program to plant trees and construct soil conservation barriers. Since January 12th, 2010, we have employed over 6,000 farmers through our “Cash for Work” program to plant nearly 240,000 trees and construct over 360 miles of soil conservation barriers. This progress is encouraging, but there is still much work to be done. Please consider joining us in supporting Haiti by making a donation to our recovery efforts, or by sponsoring a village for $30 a month. Your contribution will empower families to reforest their land, feed their families, and grow in their knowledge of God’s love and grace. Click here to see our open village sponsorships: www.plantwithpurpose.org/caribbean and click here to learn more about our Haiti recovery efforts: www.plantwithpurpose.org/haiti-relief.
“We want to plant trees everywhere around our community; we are dreaming of a forest! We know that if we can do this, the young men of our community will find hope and opportunity here, rather than having to look for work in the sugar cane fields of the Dominican Republic, or food in Port au Prince.” – Ronald, a community leader in Fonds Verettes, Haiti