Earlier this week Hurricane Matthew swept over Haiti causing destruction all along its path, with the southern region where we are located being affected the worst. At LaVallee de Demain we were fortunate to be able to offer our solid, dry, newly built headquarters as an emergency shelter for families in our community whose houses were at risk in the high winds and heavy rains. Now the the storm has moved out of our area, we still have 4 families staying in the building as their houses have been damaged so badly that they are not able to return to them yet. We would like to help these families repair their homes so that they can return to them and your donation will help us make this possible. As our focus at LaVallee de Demain is agriculture and the environment, we will also be leading efforts to bring relief to the farmers in our community who have lost their crops, livestock, and income sources to the rains, winds, and erosion from the storm. These farmers will need food aid to feed their families and support in the coming weeks to continue to provide for their families’ needs as they will not have a harvest to depend on this season. Please use the link below to donate now. Our goal is to raise $4000 to provide this aid to the families in our community. We will keep an updated total of the amount we raise as it comes in on this page. Donations will be managed through our local tax-exempt partner, Living Media International. Thank you for your help!
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Amount Raised to Date: $685 / $4,000
We are excited to announce that we have officially purchased a piece of land in Mizak to be used for our community activities!
A photo of the land. There’s nothing there yet, be we’re making plans!
For the past year of our activities within the community we have depended upon the donations of our members who have allowed us to borrow pieces of land for our agricultural projects, as well as our partner, Living Media International, for always letting us use their space for our meetings and activities. Now as we continue to grow we look forward to having our own space to grow in. We will still keep our tree nursery located on its current piece of land next to the Meac Lake, but we plan to use this new piece of land as a place to build a headquarters for LaVallee De Demain and a distribution center for the trees and vegetables that we grow down by the lake. This land is centrally located in the community which will make it convenient for expanding our distribution options as well as our ability to provide education in agriculture to local farmers. We are currently working on drawing up a full proposal of what we would like to build on the land. In addition to providing us with a headquarters to operate out of and receive visitors and members, we are excited to be proposing a grain bank as part of the project which would provide families in the community with grains that they need in the seasons when their own harvests have already been used up and they need extra help in providing for their families. It is in these down seasons when grain gets very expensive to purchase because it is so scarce and it becomes very difficult for many families to get by. Our grain bank would seek to bring some relief in those times. We will provide more information on the full project once we have completed the proposal and had our members approve the plans so that our friends and supporters may know how they can get involved. Thank you to all who have helped us reach this new milestone!
Trees cut and piled for making charcoal
Haiti is over 70% deforested. People in the countryside continue to cut down our precious trees because of lack of education on environmental issues and a lack of technology to provide other options. This deforestation has led to greater problems as the land erodes making agriculture difficult, damaging natural water sources, and leaving the people unprotected during hurricanes.
LaVallée was once a place of great natural beauty renowned for its great variety of fruit trees, especially mandarin, avocado, and mango. But as the hillsides continue to lose their trees, the region also looses that environmental richness that it once knew. LaVallee de Demain aims to help the area recapture that beauty.
This is why one of our first goals we are working on is to create a tree nursery to provide more trees for members of our community to plant. We have recently received 300 new tree saplings from our partners to begin our nursery. There are a variety of fruit trees including mandarin, mango, and avocado.