The Peace After the Storm

During MCC’s Hurricane Matthew response, local leaders in Wondo and Wopisa expressed their need for long-term food security. There was a desire to rebuild gardens, livestock, and strengthen their community as a whole. Local leaders saw the potential for these communities to respond by supporting one another rather than fighting for aid. In response, MCC launched a 2-year food security project that would provide opportunities for peacebuilding in both communities.

Ti Mango's Living Pantry: Growing Food Security in Kabay

Judiuc Lundi was born in Haiti in the mango season. His mother called him Ti Mango, or “little mango” in Creole, and the nickname stuck. Ti Mango, proudly shows off his thriving garden in the agricultural community of Kabay, tucked into the rolling hills of Haiti’s Artibonite department.

Ti Mango’s plot of land extends down the slope of a hill into an unevenly formed valley, demonstrating the skill that rural farmers like him must possess to farm such tough mountainous terrain in Haiti. 

Hurricane Matthew, One Year Later

One year ago, Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, bringing devastating wind, rain, and storm surges to communities where day-to-day life was already precarious. MCC Haiti responded in the first 48 hours, and then, in the weeks and months that followed, implemented food security and health projects to address the long-term effects of the storm. One year later, we're revisiting some of these stories.

Making coffee in the countryside

Annalee Giesbrecht is a one-year SALT (Serving and Learning Together) staff member who joins the MCC Haiti team as a communications assistant.

During the three weeks I spent in orientation in Desarmes, I learned many things: how to ride a mule up a mountain (hold on tight), how to get on a moto taxi (not from the side with burning hot exhaust pipe), how to wait out a hurricane (with friends).

Serving Through the Generations

In their role as MCC Representatives in Haiti, Paul and Rebecca Shetler Fast visit projects, individuals, and community groups. Recently Paul was talking with the head of Haiti’s largest health care system and asked where he got his start in medicine. The man credited an MCC clinic in Grande-Rivière-du-Nord…the very clinic that Paul’s grandfather, Dr. John Bender, founded 57 years ago.

Haiti is filled with the spirit

The international press often diffuses a single narrative of Haiti - one of political instability, malnutrition, disease and devastation. "The poorest country in the Western hemisphere" - this is how Haiti is too often described, ignoring the many layers that comprise Haitian culture and customs that make Haiti one of the most fascinating, yet least understood countries in the region.

Join our team!

We are looking for 2 passionate and talented new staff to fill positions currently open with MCC Haiti. Do you know someone who would be a good match? Apply, share, shoulder tap, and help us find great new people to join our team in Haiti!