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Central States Learning Tour

Central States Learning Tour

In October, we welcomed a group of visitors from MCC Central States to participate in our Soil to Table learning tour. As part of the tour, we visited projects in both Port-au-Prince and around our rural office in Desarmes, spent some time relaxing by the beautiful Caribbean, and learned how to make Haitian coffee and peanut butter. Here are some photos and video from the tour:

Some footage of our learning tour group, including audio of the group singing together with the Desarmes staff team. 

MCC learning tour participant Dave Bucklin shares during an evening debrief at the MCC office in Desarmes, Haiti. Learning tours are jam-packed with sights, sounds, and experiences, so debriefs were scheduled every evening for participants to unpack and process after a busy day. Each participant brings insights from their own life experiences, making these debriefs an invaluable part of the day.

MCC learning tour participant Dave Bucklin shares during an evening debrief at the MCC office in Desarmes, Haiti. Learning tours are jam-packed with sights, sounds, and experiences, so debriefs were scheduled every evening for participants to unpack and process after a busy day. Each participant brings insights from their own life experiences, making these debriefs an invaluable part of the day.

Learning tour participants pause for a presentation on an MCC-supported tree nursery from MCC Desarmes Agroforestry Co-ordinator Jean-Remy Azor. Tree nurseries are a big part of MCC’s work in the rural Artibonite valley: trees are not only a source of food and revenue, but also help combat soil erosion in the deforested mountains.

Learning tour participants pause for a presentation on an MCC-supported tree nursery from MCC Desarmes Agroforestry Co-ordinator Jean-Remy Azor. Tree nurseries are a big part of MCC’s work in the rural Artibonite valley: trees are not only a source of food and revenue, but also help combat soil erosion in the deforested mountains.

Learning tour participants observe a coffee-making session with Madame Mariam in Desarmes, Haiti. Haitian coffee is sweet and strong, roasted black and combined with a molasses of raw Haitian sugar, then pounded into a fine powder. Many bags of delicious coffee were purchased to take home!

Learning tour participants observe a coffee-making session with Madame Mariam in Desarmes, Haiti. Haitian coffee is sweet and strong, roasted black and combined with a molasses of raw Haitian sugar, then pounded into a fine powder. Many bags of delicious coffee were purchased to take home!

Here we find the learning tour in its natural environment, walking through the tall grasses in the remote mountainside community of Kabay where they visited food security and latrine projects in the area. Last year, members of a learning tour supported a latrine project in the area that is now finished and in use by the community. This project has dramatically lowered rates of cholera and improved the standard of living in Kabay.

Here we find the learning tour in its natural environment, walking through the tall grasses in the remote mountainside community of Kabay where they visited food security and latrine projects in the area. Last year, members of a learning tour supported a latrine project in the area that is now finished and in use by the community. This project has dramatically lowered rates of cholera and improved the standard of living in Kabay.

Members of the learning tour help peel just-roasted peanuts for mamba, or Haitian peanut butter. They may have tasted one or two along the way, for quality control purposes.

Members of the learning tour help peel just-roasted peanuts for mamba, or Haitian peanut butter. They may have tasted one or two along the way, for quality control purposes.

Learning tour participants (l-r) Valeri McGarvey, Rose Love, Dave Bucklin, and Jill Gerig help plant a sour orange tree at the MCC Desarmes office. As the tree grows, it will contribute shade to the office grounds and fruit to the kitchen. MCC Desarmes staff say it will start giving fruit in two years, which gives you plenty of time to book your spot on a 2019 learning tour.

Learning tour participants (l-r) Valeri McGarvey, Rose Love, Dave Bucklin, and Jill Gerig help plant a sour orange tree at the MCC Desarmes office. As the tree grows, it will contribute shade to the office grounds and fruit to the kitchen. MCC Desarmes staff say it will start giving fruit in two years, which gives you plenty of time to book your spot on a 2019 learning tour.

“Keep peace alive, at all times and in all places.” Members of the learning tour explore the community garden at SAKALA, an MCC partner in the Cité Soleil neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, an area which has a reputation for being one of the most dangerous in the city. SAKALA has worked hard to transform Cité Soleil, offering soccer games that double as peacebuilding education, and this beautiful urban garden that’s transforming a garbage dump into fruits and vegetables.

“Keep peace alive, at all times and in all places.” Members of the learning tour explore the community garden at SAKALA, an MCC partner in the Cité Soleil neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, an area which has a reputation for being one of the most dangerous in the city. SAKALA has worked hard to transform Cité Soleil, offering soccer games that double as peacebuilding education, and this beautiful urban garden that’s transforming a garbage dump into fruits and vegetables.

Celebrate Haiti's Independence with Soup Joumou, Haitian Squash Soup

Celebrate Haiti's Independence with Soup Joumou, Haitian Squash Soup

Bonbon Siwo, Haitian Gingerbread

Bonbon Siwo, Haitian Gingerbread