When you look across the hills of eastern Haiti, all you see are terraces built into the hillsides. This is farming at its toughest. People climb up and down thin, slippery trails to reach their plots. At planting time they carry satchels full of seed or tubers. During the growing season, they tend their crops regularly using simple tools, a machete and hoe. The harvest is welcomed but involves many treks up and down to carry the produce home and eventually to market.
And if a hurricane blows through, all can be lost. It's a precarious existence for farmers and their families. The government is invisible, and in its place organizations like the Institut Culturel Karl Lévêque help farmers organize themselves into associations and collectives. Karl Lévêque was a Haitian priest who lived in Montreal during the Duvalier dictatorship. He was also a well-known radio personality who spoke about social transformation in Haiti. Sadly, he died before he could return to Haiti once the Duvaliers were overthrown. In his memory, the institute was founded to work with smallhold farmers, supporting them to transform their lives. For example, in the isolated region of Bellefontaine, Haiti, the institute has been able to install a pump for farmers so they can water their communal plots directly from a river rather than making the perilous journey up and down or relying solely on rain.
Our gifts to the Mission and Service Fund mean our partners like the Institut Culturel Karl Lévêque can respond to the needs of isolated communities and celebrate God's presence. Thank you, and please let's continue to give generously.