Two Years ago, Albright Church fundraised to build the first phase of an enclosure wall around the AEM (Association Eglise Missionaries, our national partner church in Haiti) Guest House Property in the community of Gens de Nantes, Haiti. This property already serves several functions. It is the property at which guests in the community will stay, (visiting mission teams, denominational leaders from the AEM, delegates from the Haitian Health Department); And the buildings also are housing for temporary and permanent staff for the AEM Clinic that operates just down the road from the Guest House Property.
Currently only about a third of this property is made use of. We want to help our Haitian friends maximize their use of this great resource of land that they own.
One of our partners, a young Haitian man named Hernso Philogene (graduated with a degree in agriculture and is passionate to see agricultural development in his community) is developing plans for the unused portion of land. It is Hernso’s desire to begin to grow ‘learning plots’ on the property based on a program called Farming God’s Way.
Through these learning plots, community members will be given access to learn good agricultural practices that restore the health of the soil and allow for diverse growth of many fruits, vegetables, and rice. Our vision together is to see many Haitians in the Gens de Nantes region gain the knowledge and tools they need to begin growing more efficiently on their own land and create greater food security in the region. The enclosure project is needed to stop animal and people traffic though the AEM property that currently is hindering these kinds of ‘learning plots’ from being developed.
Once completed, the enclosure will serve several purposes, it will help to control traffic through the property, ensuring that there is safety and a measure of privacy for the clinic staff who live there as well as for guests when they are present. It will also protect several important facilities on the property from being damaged or stolen (the water pump, the motorcycle depot, generator, tools, and cooking supplies). Finally, it will provide a secure space for present and future projects that will encourage the agricultural and economic development within the region of Gens de Nantes for years to come.
Earlier this fall we celebrated the completion of Phase 1 construction.
With a great start having been made on the enclosure, we have begun phase 2 fundraising to see this project to completion and this Sunday, in addition to our burrito breakfast fundraiser taking place after the service, we will also be launching our tree fundraiser which we hope will raise another $20,100 toward our target goal of raising $40,000 to complete this project.
We all have the opportunity to participate regardless of how much we are able to give. Every donation matters and can make an impact! Join us this Sunday to see how you can participate in the ongoing growth and development of the nation of Haiti as we partner together for God’s glory!