Hope for Haiti
launched this project in 2003 through a five-year commitment to support the local community of Brodequin in their efforts to replant their deserted mountainsides. After a momentous start, the project leader left and efforts came to a halt for several years. In 2007 and 2008, Hope for Haiti
field staff worked to get the project back on track. They put the project under the leadership of the community CASEC, a local elected government official, who led a group of workers in cultivating over 300,000 seedlings of limes, oranges, grapefruits, chen, cashew, mango, and banana trees. In 2008, community members collectively planted all of the seedlings along the mountainsides.
In the spring of 2010, Hope for Haiti
staff member and trained agronomist, Pierre Francois, took charge of building the project's capacity. After overhauling the nursery space, Pierre began leading the eight-member work team in replanting mangos, limes, hard wood trees, and coffee. So far, their activities have included clearing the land and staking out spaces for seedling gardens, transporting and preparing soil, preparing seedling bags, and planting the first batches of seeds. Since Hope for Haiti
continues to believe that sustainable community development happens one seed at a time, our goal is not just to produce another strong harvest but to make this initiative sustainable and autonomous in the long run.