Friday, February 14
Youth are an important part of the work that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) supports in Haiti through FONDAMA, a member of the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s Joining Hands network. FONDAMA is made up of 11 Haitian grassroots and development organizations working together to address root causes of hunger and poverty in Haiti. One way its leaders do this is through a new program that builds up members’ capacity to produce healthy food sustainably. Participants improve the soil around their homes by creating compost out of vegetable and animal waste. They also learn helpful techniques, such as planting and using Moringa oleifera, a shrubby tree that produces highly nutritious leaves, and creating vegetable gardens by turning old tires inside out and filling them with soil, sand, and manure.
Many of the local technicians chosen to receive training in this new system of yard-garden production are the younger members of the organizations. In ODEVPRE, one of the grassroots organizations serving in the heart of the Artibonite Valley, leaders chose Givener Laurent, about 20 years old, to help lead their program. As he receives training, Givener is putting the ideas to work in his own yard and teaching what he’s learning to neighbors. Givener and his associate, Alex Louis Paul, also regularly climb high into the remote mountains to help support those initiating yard-garden work there.
—Mark Hare, PC(USA) mission coworker
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Episcopal Diocese of Haiti (EEH), Joining Hands Network Haiti (FONDAMA), and Farmers’ Movement of Payaye (MPP): Suzette Goss-Geffrard, facilitator for Presbyterian response • FONDAMA: Cynthia Corell, facilitator • MPP: Mark Hare, agricultural technician
Episcopal Diocese of Haiti: Rt. Rev. Jean Zaché Duracin, bishop, Rev. Kesner Ajax, partnership program coordinator • Farmers’ Movement of Papay: Chavannes Jean Baptiste, director • Joining Hands Network Haiti: Chavannes Jean Baptiste, coordinator
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Dear Lord, we are awed by the dedication of the young people in Haiti working with organizations like FONDAMA. Please continue to care for them; encourage them and strengthen them in their struggles to change their lives and the lives of their communities. Amen.