Capvva is now empty, the only thing left standing is the church/school that housed so many moments of worship, school for the children, and special food distributions. Now that our chapter with Capvva has closed we have been prayerfully considering our next steps.
And so we are launching a new beginning, within a new framework of a cooperative model that facilitates a process of resource sharing and collaboration among a community of farmers. Specifically, we are journeying with the people of Zoranger, just north of Port-au-Prince, who have been severely hampered by Haiti’s hurricanes over the years. To ensure success as we journey, we’ve partnered with an organization that has been in Haiti for 30 years, the Foundation for International Development Assistance (FIDA). Their working arm in Haiti, productive cooperatives Haiti (pcH) have the agronomists and cooperative expertise to steward processes leading to sustainable change.
The project in Zornager will focus on poultry enterprise, raising chickens for sale in Haiti's markets. Poultry enterprise has been offered as alternative to traditional farming because Zoranger’s arid land makes it difficult to have good crop yields. Through this enterprise development, the aim is to significantly raise the people’s abilities to feed their families and provide resources to community services.
The cooperative model brings people of a given community under an resource-sharing centric business organization that promotes equality between members, and establishes a forum for discussion. By establishing practices--through enterprise--of working cooperatively, a cooperative enables the community to manage itself, and fosters trust, skill, and unity.
Extensive agricultural training is a critical investment in the environment and ensuring that communities have the capacity to support themselves through stewardship of the land. Training covers vegetable gardening, organic composting, soil and water conservation, organic pest management, environmental protection, and new cultivation techniques. In the case of Zoranger, members will get agricultural training and also training in raising poultry.
With illiteracy levels high in rural areas, literacy training is vital to giving rural farmers fundamental educational building blocks. Literacy, at its core, is about reading and writing - but more importantly, it is about enabling people to attain a skill that breeds a profound self confidence. That self confidence leads men and women to take action to improve their own lives and be more proactive in addressing correct a social injustice.
While not a direct pillar of the FIDA-pcH model, JTJ's intends to be an example of Christ's salt and light as we journey with Zoranger. We seek to achieve this through our country coordinator, Clemson Saint-fluer, who will journey directly with Zoranger and through teams periodically visiting. We pray that through our actions in caring, listening, and walking with rural farmers on this incredible journey, that they will see Christ in us. Our prayer: those we journey with cling to Jesus as the source for ultimate transformation.