Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Taking the Reigns

by Corbyn Small Last week Aly talked about some of the amazing accomplishments that Plant With Purpose's partner staff in Haiti has achieved in a short amount of time under strenuous circumstances. Guy, our Haitian program director and his team have handled all of the food distribution, water provisions, road repair, and planning meetings with coordinating organizations such as the UN, USAID, and Interaction. On top of all of these responses to the earthquake, the regular sustainable agriculture and micro-enterprise programs resumed almost immediately after the quake because our staff knows that this planting season is vital to create larger harvests and food security in coming months.
None of this would have been possible were it not for our Haitian staff. They are courageous leaders, whose hearts are set on helping each individual family struggling to make enough wages to keep food on the table. Our country director Guy has stepped up to the plate and is leading his team to organize committees to help rebuild Haiti. In response to the devastation, they have formed a food distribution committee, a seed committee, a reforestation committee, a soil conservation committee, a road repair committee, and a technical coordination committee. Each of these committees are meeting very specific needs and are headed up by very qualified members that are making sure that everything that can be done is being done. All of Plant With Purpose's in-country staff members in each of our programs are locals, strengthening our community development work from the ground up.
We want to thank our partnering staff around the world for working so hard and investing themselves in the communities around them. They are building relationships that will help change the conversation from despair to one of hope and prosperity for places like Haiti, Burundi, and Oaxaca.
Some of the Dominican Staff Staff in Thailand
Some of the staff in Oaxaca, Mexico
Staff in Tanzania
Staff in Burundi

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