Haiti Trip Fall 2007
These photos were taken during the Fall 2007 delegation to our partner organizations in Haiti.
For larger image and caption, place mouse over thumbnailWe felt welcomed everywhere we went. Here women sing a welcome song for us. AGPGM member demonstrates the method of propagating plantains. First plants are peeled and sliced into sections. Then planted for 40 days in wood chips in a germoir (a small warm greenhouse). After 40 days the sprouts are placed in plastic bags in a nursery. The small plantain plants are transplanted in the field. Delegates examine the larger plantains. A man blows a lambi (conch) shell to call the OPB meeting. OPB members form konbits to prepare fields and plant seedlings communally. All members participate in decisions. Home of Edmond Pierre, Coordinator (President) of OPB. An OPB member tends the seedlings in the tree nursery. A woman brings her grains to be milled at the grain mill run by APS members in Sel. Entrance to the APS grain mill. We visited a vodoun temple. Joseph Derissaint and Beauvais Bataille are leaders of APCE, a community organization that runs a spice farm. Harvesting spring onions and thyme at the spice farm. Lambi Fund field monitor Tidjo walks up the irrigation canal built by members of APMR In addition to watering crops, the irrigation canal has many uses including a water slide! We nicknamed these boys the Haitian luge team. We participated in a cultural celebration with a women's organization in Mapou Rollin that advocates for women. An all women's musical group called Awozam sang and danced. Awozam also played instruments, including drums and bamboo horns traditionally played by men. Mountains beyond mountains in Haiti (whose name means mountain). A shot of the city of Gonaives. See deforestation in the background. A young girl and her father greet us. It's fun dancing to Awozam! Roline, an active member of OPB, and Tidjo, the Lambi Fund Field Monitor in the Artibonite. Lambi Fund's newest employee and trusted driver, Bertolet. Women use burros to transport produce to market to sell.