In the early 17th century, the French established a presence on Hispaniola, and in 1697, Spain ceded the western third of the island to the French, which later became Haiti. The French colony, based on forestry and sugar-related industries, became one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean, but only through the heavy importation of African slaves and considerable environmental degradation. In the late 18th century, Haiti’s nearly half million slaves revolted under Toussaint Louverture. After a prolonged struggle, Haiti became the first black republic to declare its independence in 1804.
Haiti is now the least-developed country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world ranking 146th of 177 countries in the UN’s Human Development Index.
Inappropriate economic policies, political instability, a shortage of good arable land and environmental deterioration are factors attributed to the economic stagnation of the country. Severe deforestation makes the country extremely vulnerable to hurricanes, droughts, floods and other disasters that often times paralyze the entire population.
Heifer's Work in Haiti
Established in 1999, Heifer International Haiti works in seven of the ten departments in the country partnering with communities providing livestock, seeds and training to improve their living conditions empower them to break the never-ending cycle of poverty and despair.
The program’s approach is characterized by strengthening small farmer organizations through agroecology and value chain development. Livestock, seeds and training are the main resources present in all of Heifer Haiti’s projects.
Current project work takes place in seven departments in the country located in the following regions: Nord, Nord-Est, Artibonite, Ouest, Sud, Sud-Est, Centre. Offices are in Les Cayes adn Les Anglais.
Key Services Heifer Provides:
Sustainable agricultural production: Promoting rural, diversified and sustainable production systems; natural resource conservation; spreading practices and expertise about ancestral farming; using native livestock; agroecological production; livestock savings accounts; post-disaster rehabilitation
Post-harvest management and processing: Training in performance monitoring and evaluation techniques
Market development: Community livestock enterprises; REACH market development
Technology: Irrigation, cisterns, water filtration and purification
Nutrition: Replenishing livestock populations to promote food security
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Dr. Roger Natzke, former Chairman of the Heifer International Board, recently contacted us regarding his love for the Heifer Project. Over the years, Natzke has had the opportunity to visit Heifer projects in various countries including Rwanda and Nicaragua; to not only share his expertise in Dairy Science, but also to witness how families have lifted themselves out of poverty with the help of Heifer's Hub model. Natzke shares, "I am intimately familiar with the Heifer model designed to alleviate hunger and poverty. Providing poor people, especially women, with an animal gives them a sense of self worth, a means to provide for their family, and finally, a means to support another needy neighbor by passing on the gift." To continue reading about Dr. Natzke's letter and to see more photos, please click the title of the story!
Ecuador is in the midst of recovery after an April earthquake killed over 660 people. Little Rock-based Heifer International has been working with farmers and fishing families in the region just outside the earthquake's epicenter for decades. Oscar Castañeda, Vice President of the Americas with Heifer, spoke with KUAR's Jacob Kauffman about the path of recovery efforts... Please click the title of the article to read more!
Menaul School is a faith based 6-12 private day and boarding school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We have a large international population, and conduct a global week each school year to celebrate our diversity. This year as part of global week we chose to have an indoor soccer tournament with each grade level raising a minimum of $100.00 for a specific charity and country. The winning middle school and upper school team received the funds from the other groups to fund their charity. Our eighth grade students chose Heifer International as their charity and Ghana as their country. They were victorious and so were able to donate $449.00 to Heifer for their ongoing work in Ghana. Submitted by Jim Doyle
I was one of the adults who visited Heifer Ranch in Arkansas from June 18-20 with the Ottawa Kansas First United Methodist Group. I wrote the following poem about our experience and I plan to read it on August 2nd when we give our presentation to the church. Someone suggested I send it to you! Click the title of this story to read more...
I am a woman among women, and my family is well respected in the villageGagnessiri Ndiaye, http://tinyurl.com/qhbuvnn
The students at Clementine Montessori School in Philadelphia, PA have been learning about the work of Heifer International all year. We've read books about worms and chickens, about Beatrice's goat, about good gardens and cows. We tasted honey when we studied how bees help people, drank goat's milk and ate goat cheese, cleaned alpaca fleece and learned big words, like "sustainability" and "faith." Click the title of this story to read more...
One woman told us that owning cows has made her as strong as a man.Wendi Aarons
After cruising around for a bit and enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife, our captain docked the boat and told us all we could jump in and swim. Almost everyone from the group immediately sprinted to the side and cannonballed into the water like it was Caddy Day at Bushwood Country Club and they were allowed just 15 minutes to have fun before the Baby Ruth appeared. It was pretty great. I didn’t join them. Instead, I stood on the deck waving and smiling at everyone in the gorgeous water, and quickly decided it wasn’t something I could do.
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"Watching [Cindy] in this moment was the link between putting a check into an envelope and seeing how every donation matters." -Meredith Walker