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.
"Hurricane Matthew hit our communities hard — we lost gardens, we lost animals, we lost houses,” shared Emmanuel Boisrond, a community leader from Wondo-Bikèt in Haiti’s Artibonite department, as he described what his community suffered when Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm, struck Haiti on October 4th.
As people who love to cook, it is easy to focus on food's transformation in the kitchen. But living in Haiti, and working alongside farmers, reminds us that the vast majority of the risk, effort, and artistry that goes into food's journey happens long before it reaches us in the kitchen.