UN-FAO, USAID and Community Impact
The Nouvelle Vie Haitian trainers have both independently run community programs (i.e. Trauma Relief for Earthquake Victims) and has been contracted and funded by the UN-FAO and USAID. We are training the Youth Corps to not only implement these projects, but fully own these contracts, from program planning and management to implementation and reporting.
Trauma Relief for Earthquake Victims
Port au Prince, April 2010
IAHV gathered 4 international Trauma Relief trainers and 16 of our strongest youth leaders to organize and implement Trauma Relief and Food Garden programs for earthquake victims throughout Port au Prince. Over just three weeks, 2,850 earthquake victims learned how to process their trauma and 400 how to grow their own gardens.
Growing Gardens in the Camps
UN-FAO funded Food Security for Earthquake Victims
Port au Prince, September – December 2010
From September - December 2010, Samson, Lesly, Wilner, and Samuel developed a nursery, created a curriculum, and taught 790 earthquake victims how to grow their own urban home foodgardens using waste. The Food Security workshops included: seed saving and preparation, soils and composting, garden design and planting. Tomatoes, beets, swiss chard, carrots, and spinach were planted in old tires, rice sacks, plastic containers, and tin cans. 70% of participants continue to grow their own food outside their tents. For some, their gardens have grown so large, they are able to share food with neighbors.
“This course is so important to me. I’m so grateful I found it. Before, I did not know how to make a garden at home. This course has taught me to look differently at the waste lying around the street and my house. It has given me more love for the trees. I would like to continue this program, so that more of my brothers have this knowledge. Thanks to Nouvelle Vie for the change you make in our community.” -- PIERRE JOARDAME, age 32
A Revolution out of Garbage
USAID-funded Composting & Food Security Program
Cap Haitian, March – May, 2011
Integrating their new skills in community empowerment, permaculture, and project management, the Youth Corps piloted a waste management program to change habits in the marketplace and broader community by presenting green waste as a resource for compost production and urban agriculture. After testing appropriate composting methods, the Youth Corps built a composting demonstration site in the middle of Marche Chempin, collecting organic waste from 4 marketplaces, 5 restaurants, and 1,000 community members. Samson, Lesly, Wilner, and Samuel trained the rest of the Youth Corps members in the FAO Food Security curriculum, and the Youth Corps taught 600 Capois how to grow their own food.
“There has always been garbage in the canal, on the streets, everywhere. During the project, things became clean. People are starting to see the importance of garbage. Now the canals no longer have trash because they are collected, and we are helping by separating our trash. We realized how we fear things. We feared our trash because we didn’t know what to do with it. We loved the project.” – JUISSINE VICTOR, age 28, marketplace merchant, Cap Haitian