Eden Projects in Haiti is seeking to raise up a generation of Haitian children who care for their land, and American students are making a difference in this work. Last July, a team from Salem, Oregon spent a week with Eden in Haiti. This trip, however, was just the icing on the cake in these students’ efforts for Haiti.
The Salem team had all been part of the West Salem High School Students for Change Club and had raised thousands of dollars for Haiti through club fundraisers. The funds they raised and donated to the Eden Projects enabled us to begin working at Haiti Providence University. While in Haiti, the Salem team, Alisa, Jordan, Braley, Reid, and their advisor, Bryan Haws, invested in our work even further by building fences and planting trees at the University project they had helped fund. They also visited one of Eden’s new nurseries at Mirebalais, a town in the mountains north of Port au Prince, Haiti’s Capital.
The students from Salem are pictured above with the community leaders from Mirebalais.
This is Braley with two children from the town of Mirebalais. The Pastor who began this new project was so excited to have the team from Salem visit their site. The nursery site is in a rural community outside of town and the local people had a hard time believing that Americans would actually care about planting trees in their area. During the Salem team’s visit, the Pastor said, “Now they (the local people) know that I was telling them the truth! People do care. “
|One of the projects the team worked on was an expanded goat proof nursery site at Haiti Providence University. Here Brian Hawes, an english teacher from Salem Oregon and the team's advisor stretches barbed wire. All of our nurseries in Haiti must be protected from goats.. While goats are very useful when properly managed, left to themselves they will wipe out hundreds of young trees in a day.||
Reid and Alisa planting Moringa trees at Haiti Providence University. Within two years these trees will provide seeds to grow hundreds more Moringas for the villages around the University. Moringa leaves provide high levels of protein, vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Their seeds are the source of a very high quality oil that can be used in fine machinery and in cooking. Moringas are rightly called the "miracle tree".
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