The past two weeks, I've felt the momentum of my work in Haiti pick up. Things are moving forward. So, I’d like to share a basic update of
what’s going on.
Stabilization projects at the Centre d’Agriculture St.
Barnabas are finally underway. Right now, Saint Ange is building a new nursery so we have plants for new land we’re preparing for
production. We’ve purchased seeds from Seed Programs International
, based in
Asheville, NC, to try in our student practice plots. We’ve rented temporary
composting toilets from SOIL
, which safely compost human waste, and we are
purchasing compost from them to use until we have our own capacity to make it.
|The new CASB nursery nearing completion|
Throughout the month of December we’re installing temporary
classrooms that will serve the school until we are able to construct new
buildings hopefully by the end of 2016. We’re finalizing plans for a new pump,
reservoir and irrigation system to outfit a well. This will allow us to
increase farm production to support the center financially and to begin more
test plots of crops that local businesses are interested in growing. Three examples are jatrofa, used to make biodiesel, morenga, a leafy plant with high
concentrations of vitamins and protein, and sisal, a plant that was once a
significant crop in this region of Haiti before synthetic fibers replaced the
organic ropes made from the plant.
|SOIL EkoMobil composting toilets installed at the school|
We’re also preparing a preliminary scholarship program for
students in the agriculture technician program. So far, thanks to donors in the
Diocese of California
, CASB has granted 6 half scholarships. Remaining students
have filled out applications for scholarships, and we hope to find more
sponsors in the U.S. that can make it possible to grant additional
|Eliza Brinkley, underway on a boat and underway teaching the new CASB English class|
A lot more is to come in 2016 as the Episcopal Church
together with partners like Fresh Ministries
out of Jacksonville, FL, continue
to seek the proper support needed to rebuild academic and administrative
buildings, install hydroponic units, and establish additional farming services
CASB can offer in the region.
In other happenings, I’m still supporting Earl Burch in
his mission with the Diocese of Upper South Carolina
in Cange, as they work
with Ecole Bon Sauveur and many other ministries in the Central Plateau. I’m
moving forward with Chris Ciocchetti and Maegan Daigle from Centenary College
in Louisiana on conducting Partnership
, a pilot, week-long academic course in Haiti in May
2016 designed to equip
communities and individuals interested in Haiti to promote effective engagement
and cooperation. Finally, I’m in the early planning stages with Reverend Carmel
Chery to design a program on racism and racial justice for the youth in each
parish in the Diocese of Haiti to use in their spring gatherings. This project
is an extension of the Episcopal Church Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson,
Missouri, that happened in October.
As you can
see, there are a lot of partners in this work. I’m blessed and grateful to be
working with so many amazing people and to receive such amazing sustained
support from friends, family and church communities back in the U.S.