Yesterday, the whole crew went over to CFFL, Zanmi Lasante’s partner school, to meet with the four students who are working with us for our biodiversity study. From the kid who desperately wants to learn the native language, but is learning frustratingly slow, it went much better than I was expecting. Through a strange (but… more →
Submitted on behalf of Sam Smith, a St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School Sophomore Last Thursday I returned from my second trip to Haiti. I wasn’t sure what to expect, because so much had happened between now and the last time I had been there. I was very excited to see that the seeds I had helped plant… more →
Aloce reviews camera usage with Mme Exana [photo: Brooke Irvine] CFFL and Sewanee interns for Zanmi Foto 2014: Brooke Irvine, Monclair Joseph, Caroline Minchew, Aloce Louis, Thony Fontaine and Chandler Sowden [photo: Pradip Malde] The Bois Joli trip on Thursday, May 30, overall went very well. Lionel Jeremie (ZF family) met us with a mule at… more →
At last, after countless hours of preparation and an innumerable amount of group meetings, we finally saw the fruits of our labor today. The Zanmi Kafe team, comprised of four Sewanee students and four Haitian CFFL students, began our day by visiting Madame Exana’s home in Bois Jolie to attempt our first full biodiversity survey.… more →
Bois Jolie farmers collect the first batch of coffee saplings from the Zanmi Kafe nursery. Haiti, May 26, 2014. Madame Josephine Exana takes her coffee saplings home. May 26, 2014. Professor Deborah McGrath, Agronimist Bosquet Wupuy and Madame Josephine Exana admire her first planting of a coffee sapling. May 26, 2014. [photos: Pradip Malde]
Mirebalais, one of Haiti’s oldest towns, has been a nodal point for commerce and agriculture for almost 300 years. Now, it accommodates a modern teaching hospital, Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais while sustaining a large hinterland of farmers through a densely packed and active market. We visited its stalls to get a sense of market values for… more →
Today we hiked to Bois Jolie to begin distributing mango, sed and akajou seedlings (the first to come out of the 16,000 seedling nursery after sowing them 15 months ago). It was a joyful occasion; we were so happy to see our friends, the forty farmers, and the beautiful healthy seedlings. The day was made… more →
CFFL student Mirabeau Sainville (right) outlines the Zanmi Foto project to Jean Phillipe Saintellus. May 22, 2015.