We love working with people and sharing ideas together. We are often inspired by the work of those we collaborate with. Hear about some of the lovely people we have had the pleasure to work with!
Trees in Belize
In Belize, our contact John Arana has been doing excellent work! In February 2021 we sent a tree shipment and John nurtured the trees in his “plant ICU” setup. The trees sent to Belize were smaller than we typically send due to COVID shortages, and a portion did not survive the voyage. Thanks to John’s efforts, roughly 60% of the trees were able to survive and are now strong and healthy. We are so grateful to John for his green-thumb!
Effort Vision, a religious outreach group, is doing a wonderful job in Haiti. They are emulating TTFF’s approach to sustainable agroforestry. Check out the excellent report by John Ashford and his team on their breadfruit flour making project. John Baynes working on the breadfruit peeler
Effort Vision was formed in 2007 as a program to enable and equip individuals and families to provide for themselves. The focus is both spiritual and economic through a revolving, interest free loan program which funds small, individual, business projects. The vision extends to include occupational training, as you will see!
Thanks from Effort Vision!
Dear Mike & Mary – What a blessing it has been to be able to have the connection of your organization and to be able to join hands in the breadfruit journey. We just returned from Haiti and were able to see first hand all that is being carried out. And also, the changes and updates of equipment etc. that need to be made. James has many aspirations of what could take place in the future.
First, I will give you a little better idea of what they are doing in Haiti. Two and sometimes three of the women that are working with James prepare banana cake (they have also come up with a recipe of their own “rum cake”) at least 3-4 times a week. They earn US$6.00 per cake. The breadfruit is providing so much—nutritious food processed right in Haiti along with income for the Haitians that prepare it.
Thank you again for all that you do!
John & Dawn Ashford
Effort Vision, Haiti
Learn more about the Effort Vision story here
Women with a Mission
Lise Bouffard and her partner Denise Walter work with Manchester Women’s Organization in rural Jamaica. This is a group of like-minded women focusing on food security for their community. Trees That Feed Foundation has provided them with 100 assorted fruit trees: naseberry, jack fruit, sour sop, guava, breadfruit, cashew, apple, tamarind, June plum, and chocolate. Lise and Denise went to Denbigh on May 10, 2016, with great excitement to pick up the trees. In the Manchester community of Green Pond a young agronomist demonstrated how to plant trees and stressed the importance of using natural fertilizers.
Communities they serve are challenged with many issues including poverty, climate change, inadequate water supply, and poor nutrition. One of Lise’s efforts is in helping Pastor Allen of the Open Bible Church prepare nutritious breakfasts for 20-30 hungry children three days each week. The children and their parents need education to understand the importance of good nutrition. Lise wants to encourage breastfeeding, as only 23% of new mothers currently breastfeed. The connection between nutrition and school performance is clear. Two years ago only 25% of fourth graders passed the standard literacy and numeracy exams. Eating empty calories does not feed the brain!
Lise sent this photo of Dawn Samuels showing the cherry tree TTFF donated 2 years ago growing on her little piece of land. Since her husband’s death, Dawn has started a backyard garden to “grow what we eat and eat what we grow.”
We are so glad to have connected with Lise and look forward to working together!
“When we saw the [TTFF school activity] book, my husband thought it was a gift from God because it matches so well with a program he has that is called “Manje’l Plante’l”, it encourages specialty kids to plant the seeds of whatever it is that they eat. That’s what our program is based on.” – Stephanie Rigaud, Kako’s Kids
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