Coffee in the Caribbean

This spring was difficult, our scheduled trip to Haiti on March 14th through the 25th of 2019 was canceled due to political violence. The student participants had prepared to spend time with Zanmi Kafe’ (Friends in Coffee) farmers in the Central Plateau of Haiti measuring plants and recording growth data. There was a scheduled visit… more →

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Haiti interns Chris Hornsby and Cal Oakley with their donors, Rick and Willie Sommer. Photo by Stephen Priest. 

A few weeks ago I was given the honor of speaking at the Fairbanks Brunch, an annual event that gives summer scholarship recipients an opportunity to meet and thank their donors.

I am frequently amazed by the multi-faceted effects that philanthropy can have. Through the generous donations entrusted to the Haiti Institute in Sewanee, the program has gathered five years of data on the effects of carbon payments on tree survival, had its first coffee harvest, began a partnership with Singing Rooster, and touched the lives of many individuals and communities, mine included. After three years of work with this program, there is not much else I can say to touch on how profound and inspiring my experiences in Haiti have been.

Thank you to all who support us, whether it be through time, money, or encouraging thoughts.

Below, the speeches given by myself, another undergraduate student, and two students in the School of Theology.

Fairbanks Brunch 2018 – Student Speakers from University of the South on Vimeo.

Endearments to the Zanmi Team

As I look up at the star filled sky, it continues to get harder for me to say goodbye to this place Friendships, the bond they have all given me with such grace. I have felt like my best self here Thank you, team, for being supportive so I could surmount my fears. You all… more →