Introducing Konbit Peyizan
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – For 37 years, the Haitian staff who operated from MCC’s office in the town of Desarmes have walked for miles every day, up mountains and through rivers in Haiti’s Artibonite Department, to work in remote and vulnerable communities.
Konbit Peyizan will continue the work that MCC has been doing since 1982, organizing community groups and training smallholder farmers in sustainable agriculture and forestry techniques so they can increase the productivity of their land and provide for their families.
“MCC has focused on the most vulnerable people in the most remote places,” says Jean-Remy Azor, previous program coordinator of MCC’s Desarmes office and now executive director of Konbit Peyizan. “Konbit Peyizan has the same mission. We want to go as far as possible to the places where people are the most disadvantaged.”
The staff helped farmers establish tree nurseries, distributed thousands of seedlings every year, and worked with residents to replant entire hillsides that had been decimated by long-term deforestation.