Madeline Kreider Carlson intertwines her journey as MCC staff working with artisans in Haiti with that of her Oma, the late Lois Kreider, who was involved with MCC’s early fair-trade project that would become Ten Thousand Villages
In 2019, MCC’s Desarmes office is starting out on a new road. In November, MCC celebrated the Desarmes team’s forthcoming independence from MCC as they launch a new, Haitian-led organization, Konbit Peyizan pou Ranfosman Kapasite Lokal.
If you find yourself driving down a rocky road in the southern arm of Haiti, with the sparkling ocean on one side and tall green mountains on the other, and you see alluring flowers growing upside-down from trees, an abundance of sheep, running rivers, and smiling faces, you might just have found St. Jean du Sud.
Remis Pierre returned to his home community of Kabay after a stint working in the neighboring Dominican Republic, and has now been able to make a living for himself at home as a result of an MCC agroforestry project. He wants to encourage other young people in his community to "take heart and work together" to make a better future for themselves and their families.
“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.