“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.”
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.
In 2018, MCC is celebrating 60 years of work alongside local partners in Haiti. Explore our interactive timeline to discover the people and projects that have marked MCC's work in the years from 1958 to the present.
What can you do to live your values during the Christmas season? Skip the Black Friday lines and purchase gifts that provide dignified employment in Haiti. Haiti is blessed with a wealth of creative traditions (plus plenty of mountains—the perfect place to grow some seriously delicious coffee).
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.
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.
In September, staff in MCC’s Desarmes office undertook a rapid livelihood and food security improvement project by helping 23 smallhold farmers in the remote community of Kabay plant peanuts. Women who head their households and help lead farming cooperative groups were the majority of participants.