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On October 4th, 2016, our sisters and brothers in Petit Trou de Nippe, Haiti were struck by the winds and waters of Hurricane Matthew. Homes were severely damaged. 70% of livestock was lost. 90% of gardens were destroyed. In a rural community that relies on agriculture for their livelihoods, these losses were hugely detrimental to the well-being of the community.
With so much of the community affected, it was clear early on that the road to recovery would not be a quick or easy one. Interim President Privert was quoted saying,”If we don’t manage to re-launch agriculture in three to four months we’ll find ourselves in a major food crisis.” Keeping this in mind, Colorado Haiti Project began immediately engaging with our partners to create long-term, community-centered hurricane recovery efforts. In collaboration with several local leaders and agriculture associations, CHP decided to invest funds in the development of an Agricultural Bank. This bank would provide community members a place to buy scarce seed and tools at a subsidized price for coming growing seasons that are crucial to their livelihoods.
As of February 9th, the Agricultural Bank officially opened up to the public and many people came to purchase seed. We plan to continue to support the success of this project and are looking into further ways to support the long-term recovery of the Petit Trou.
Founded 26 years ago by three Episcopal priests, the Colorado Haiti Project (CHP) works in direct partnership with the people of Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti to create a prosperous, healthy, educated, and empowered population. From the humble beginnings of building a well and a simple structure to house the initial St. Paul’s School and St. Paul’s Church, CHP has grown to working in partnership with the broader community to implement a multi-sector package of education, health, economic development, and water and sanitation and hygiene programs with a vision of sustainable and community fostered impact.