As most of you know, I have been organizing a Permaculture-based agroforestry project in the Deslandes area of Haiti.
We've had to raise money from individual donors to get this off the ground and we've finally got enough to get started.
I will be leaving for Haiti June 25. Just three weeks away.
We have thus far raised about $2000 for the project but will ultimately need about $10,000.
But I'm taking this in bite-sized chunks.
Beginning yesterday, I'm on a one-week push to raise $500 more for this work.
A GENEROUS KOSSACK HAS OFFERED TO MATCH EVERY DOLLAR DONATED UP TO $500. SO THIS IS A DARN GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO DOUBLE YOUR EFFECTIVENESS AND HELP ME GET TO $1000!!!There are two ways you can help.
1. An outright donation.
Visit here where I've written a full explanation of the project and donate either via Paypal or by mailing a check to my PO Box.
2. Purchase some of my photographic art (nearly 40 to
chose from) from Imagekind. ALL OF THE PROFITS FROM THESE SALES WILL GO TO THIS PROJECT
Any amount will help.
Small donations are as welcome as large ones. It all adds up.
“Partners in Progress” (PIP) is a national, 501(c)(3), Pennsylvania based nonprofit corporation founded in 1999 by members of the Pittsburgh Regional Haiti Solidarity Committee. Its mission is to help the organized poor of Haiti help themselves to increase human capacity for living with dignity by promoting and advancing a Fondwa community model of (sustainable) rural development through educational outreach and resource networking.
I will be taking part in Phase II of the “Deslandes Intitiative for Soil Health to Improve Food Security,” a collaborative effort of Partners In Progress (PIP) and the Centre d’Intervention Jeunesse (CIJ), a grassroots non-profit based in the village of Deslandes and myself.
The purpose of this initiative is:
“to promote and advance farmer-led research and innovation in agroecology aimed at improving the biological health of soil resources in rural Deslandes, so as to increase food security and lay a foundation for long-term community-based economic development.”
In the short term, the Agroecology Center will have an immediate impact on the knowledge and practices of the 60 farmers involved in the soil health initiative by expanding their knowledge of indigenous-based and conventional agroecological techniques for improving soil biological health and stimulating continuous experimentation and innovation. CIJ School students, grades 5-7, will participate in real-life educational experiences where they are actively engaged alongside farmers in addressing soil health and other environmental issues. In the long term, more widespread adoption of agroecology methods that improve soil health and productivity locally and regionally is expected. Children’s sense of pride in rural life and their engagement and interest in sustainable community development will be strengthened. The dissemination of knowledge related to improved soil health will contribute to increased production of more healthful foods, heightened food security and reduced hunger and malnutrition.
I will be volunteering my skills in permaculture design, agro-forestry, erosion control and intensive, small-scale food production for the people of Haiti beginning in late June 2011.
Actually, our first trip will be June 25-July 5 with many follow up trips after that.
My goal is to establish solid, trusting, working relationships that will result in a community-based and community-lead initiative that will last for 4-5 years. During that time I would go visit the project as an advisor and funding facilitator several times a year.
And thank you to all who will help me reach $500 this week.