MCC LACA: Peace Buttons and Education

Every year, MCC LACA brings together partners from around the region for an encounter around a specific theme. This year, we met in Colombia, to talk about education, and to visit an MCC partner, Edupaz, supported school. As always, the gathered practitioners are the experts.

1982: Growing trees and developing leaders in the Artibonite Valley

“Men anpil, chay pa lou” — Many hands make the load lighter

In 2018, MCC is celebrating 60 years of work in Haiti through a series of six stories highlighting each decade.

“When you look at [the Artibonite], you can see there are more trees providing coverage for homes than there were before. If you go up to the mountains, you can see the area of Desarmes is covered in trees. There are a lot of people who have changed their economic situation. They did not have a home, but now, they have a house with a roof so they are covered when the rain comes.”

1990s: 'Even planting trees was political': MCC in military-governed Haiti

“Men anpil, chay pa lou” — Many hands make the load lighter

In 2018, MCC is celebrating 60 years of work in Haiti through a series of six stories highlighting each decade

In the late 80s and early 90s, Haiti’s military leadership began a program of violent repression. These years of political upheaval would label MCC’s work as a political threat and lead to the arrest of MCC workers.

Infographic: Reforesting Haiti

In Haiti, MCC is working with local communities and partners to plant millions of trees in the areas that need them most. MCC started reforestation work in Haiti in the 80s and the work has continued to this day: over the last five years, we’ve planted 2,368,964 trees, including 393,933 fruit trees. Not only do families benefit from nutritious food and the income from fruit and lumber sales, whole communities thrive as a result of healthier ecosystems—take a look at the infographic below to learn how.

Video: Playing soccer for peace in Cité Soleil

Cité Soleil, a community in Port-au-Prince, is stigmatized by others in Haiti and the rest of the world as an area of extreme violence and competing gangs.

MCC partner SAKALA (Sant Kominote Altènatif Ak Lapè (SAKALA), The Community Center for Peaceful Alternatives) has developed a peace education tool that the youth are thrilled about—soccer.
 

Good Friday on Mon Kalve

About an hour east of Port-au-Prince, just off the the road that leads to Santo Domingo, sits Mòn Kalvè (Calvary Mountain), a pilgrimage site during Holy Week here in Haiti. Starting just after dawn on Good Friday, a friend and I hopped on motos and made our way to the base of the mountain. We joined the faithful making their slow pilgrimage to the top (...)

Working towards a livable Haiti

Janvier is a member of Comite Artisanal Haïtien (CAH), an MCC partner that supports artisans by assisting them with promotion and market access. MCC hopes to provide alternatives to uprooting people and separating families by supporting sustainable livelihoods for people in their home countries, so people like Janvier can remain in Haiti and invest in their home communities. 

Haiti is unforgettable

The international press often diffuses a single narrative of Haiti—one of political instability, malnutrition, disease and devastation. Haiti is too often described simply as “the poorest country in the Western hemisphere,” ignoring the many layers that comprise Haitian culture and customs and make Haiti one of the most fascinating but least understood countries in the region.