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.
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!
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!