The world is a very different place than it was just a month ago. As the rest of the world adapts, plans and prepares, so does Haiti and so does Fond des Blancs. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and 6th in the world and as such has limited resources, little government efficiency and a poor healthcare system. As of today, there are 20 confirmed cases, with only 50 or so tests administered. All schools, religious entities, and factories (some have reopened to create medical supplies) are closed. According to a 2019 study by the Research and Education consortium for Acute Care in Haiti (REACH), Haiti only has an estimated 124 ICU beds and 64 ventilators for a population of more than 11 million. Other public health experts have put those figures even lower. With ports, factories and markets (where most Haitians buy and trade goods, as depicted below) closed, there will definitely be a food shortage to go along with the numerous other obstacles that most certainly will present themselves.
In Fond des Blancs, Haiti, we are grateful for the Farm. We are harvesting and planting as quickly as we can to create as much turnover in this demanding time. We just acquired a new water reel that will help with irrigation. It can cover an area of up to 6 acres. It is a great step towards keeping everything irrigated and watered evenly. The farm has already shown great potential for stability, longevity and prosperity. It will play a crucial role in the current and coming challenges.
With the anticipation of food shortage in Haiti. The farm provides an answer to keeping part of Haiti fed. God has already started answering prayers as we now have the opportunity to purchase 130 acres of farm-able land for $250,000. 100 of it has already been part of the coop between us and the local farmers, but by purchasing this land we can make more long terms investment to make the land even more productive now and in the future. We are looking forward to expanding the footprint of the farm to between 600 and 800 acres over the next three years. Owning this parcel would allow us to implement some more permanent improvements that are difficult to do in a loose cooperative environment or leased land.
We need your help! With one generous donation of $50,000 we have already paid $100,000 towards the purchase of this land. We are looking to raise an additional $50,000, plus the remaining $100,000. $17,200 has already been generously donated by a few supporters towards this goal. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone, as the corona virus is not only attacking our health, but in many cases our jobs and livelihoods as well. Please pray and look to what God is putting on your hearts. To donate click on the button below.