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Haiti Reforestation Partnership

We plant trees and good things happen

We are the organization that supports the most successful reforestation project in Haiti, CODEP, which has had an amazing impact.

Create Sources of Food

Haitian farmer with his avocado tree, a sustainable source of food for his family

Build Strong Communities

Haitian community working together in a tree pepinye (nursery)

Minimize Natural Disaster Impact

Dense trees and vegetation in the demonstration forest

What is CODEP?

Since 1990, CODEP, a rural community intent upon reclaiming their land and their future has been working with Haiti Reforestation Partnership (previously known as Haiti Fund, Inc.)

The Story of CODEP

CODEP ‘COmprehensive DEvelopment Program’ is a loose community of rural neighborhoods (lakous) that have invested themselves in reforesting the mountains around their homes. Beginning with only 40 people in the early 1990’s, it grew to about 550 people in 30 lakous and then more than doubled in recent years as everyone could see the results. Whole swaths of mountainsides are now covered with trees – 14 MILLION so far.

Forests make all the difference. The soil is richer, the rain sinks in and when water emerges in streams, it is clear. Fishponds thrive, gardens can grow, and fruit trees are provided protection from the harshest sunlight.

Thus, people have more to eat, have produce to sell, and can send children to school rather than lose them to urban slums of Port au Prince.

Are you curious on how you can get involved?

Above Léogâne and along the Jacmel Road, CODEP now impacts six watersheds.

During Hurricane Matthew, the Cormier River did not crest nor wash out the bridge, a testament to the CODEP forests above that held the soil.

We Plant Trees and Good Things Happen

A view of various stages of tree growth looking into the demonstration forest
  • Pepinyes: Small plastic bags are filled with a soil mixture and one seed each and then allowed to grow to seedling size in a protected area.
  • 0 to 1 year: The seedlings are planted in the trenches and receive moisture from rain and the absorbent compost.
  • 1+ to 5 years: The saplings grow quickly as its own leaves create further compost and nutrients. The temptation is for people to harvest them for charcoal but CODEP incentivizes people to plant and protect the young trees.
  • 5+ to 7 years: At this point the tree is too big to cut down and carry off. It survives and thrives amidst a grove that is anchoring the soil and retaining water.
  • 7+ to 25 years: The forest grows. The increasing leaf cover allows for additional agriculture and fish ponds. And, the birds return!

We Plant Trees and Good Things Happen

 

Animator & CODEP BOD Member Clement showing Will a melleton tree

Animator & CODEP BOD Member Clement showing Will a melleton tree

Gardens & Orchards: With restored soil and better water retention, CODEP folks plant gardens of vegetables and orchards of fruit and melletons and avocados.

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A fish pond being oxygenated by a cistern above, an innovative method derived by Haitian leadership

A fish pond being oxygenated by a cistern above, an innovative method derived by Haitian leadership

Fish: An important source of protein comes from fish which are grown and harvested from CODEP built fish ponds.

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Below the mountains, on the left, clean water flows from the areas below CODEP reforestation whereas the water on the right flowing from non-CODEP areas is polluted and dirty

Below the mountains, on the left, clean water flows from the areas below CODEP reforestation whereas the water on the right flowing from non-CODEP areas is polluted and dirty

Water: The magic is the water. It is clear in the streams and the rain is absorbed by the soil. The run-off in storms is curbed. Clean drinking water is available.

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Haitians earn traditional housing (ti-kay, little house), built primarily by Building Goodness Foundation, as a member of CODEP

Haitians earn traditional housing (ti-kay, little house), built primarily by Building Goodness Foundation, as a member of CODEP

Housing: CODEP helped repair and build new homes after the 2010 earthquake. Housing is part of the incentive scheme for CODEP participants.

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High quality education provided by a CODEP school built by Building Goodness Foundation

High quality education provided by a CODEP school built by Building Goodness Foundation

 

Schools: CODEP has established a school that is already bursting at the seams and provides a high quality education.  It was built by one of CODEP’s partners, Building Goodness Foundation in 2013.

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A cow in a pepinye (nursery) shaded by trees planted by CODEP members

A cow in a pepinye (nursery) shaded by trees planted by CODEP members

Livelihoods: CODEP participants can sell their extra produce for some income. Mak CODEP is the brand of the produce raised in the areas and sold at the new Depot (headquarters).

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A densely populated forest created by CODEP

A densely populated forest created by CODEP

Environmental Impact: During Hurricane Matthew the value of CODEP forests was noticeable as the Cormier River below CODEP were less silted and did not wash out its bridge.  In the more mature forest you can sit and hear birds that have come back to areas that once were denuded of vegetation.

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The Story of CODEP Continues

In 2015, the Haitian government recognized CODEP in its own right. This was a huge step for the project which had proven itself as committed agro-foresters but can now legally take the reins of leadership, decision-making, and more.

Even more importantly, CODEP is emerging as the chief example of reforestation success in Haiti and hopes to share and apply its methods, seedlings, know-how, self-governance, and more to the benefit of other communities. The immediate sights are set on continuing to reforest the land along the Jacmel Road – up and over the mountains to the sea on the other side.  

Will you help the story continue?

Yes

CODEP Leadership

CODEP’s leadership is a group of 15 “Animators,”
the legal custodians who set direction, and patiently nurture the smaller working groups out on the mountainsides changing the face of Haiti.

CODEP Leadership

Rene, Clement, and Edvy jointly serve on the CODEP board and facilitate the decisions of the Animators. John Winings serves as a Senior Advisor to them.

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What We Do

Since 1990, Haiti Reforestation Partnership (previously known as Haiti Fund, Inc.) has been supporting CODEP, a rural community intent upon reclaiming their land and their future.

Haiti Reforestation Partnership supports CODEP in multiple ways.  

CODEP depot

Provides Financial Support

  • Grants for operational expenses
  • Grants/loans for capital investments
  • Crowd-sourcing for occasional special campaigns

Collaborative session and training with Haitian leadership

Provides Technical Support

  • Forestry and agricultural techniques
  • Engineering, mechanical, financial management, and architectural support
  • Business acumen and leadership development

A partner, Salisbury Presbyterian Church, Midlothian, VA, visits the CODEP school being built by partner, Building Goodness Foundation

Connects Strategic Partners

  • Construction support
  • Banking services
  • Provide computers

Would you like more information on what we do?

Who We Are

Haiti Reforestation Partnership

Haiti Reforestation Partnership Staff

Jill Staton Bullard

Executive Director

Emeritus CEO of Inter-Faith Food
Shuttle, Raleigh, North Carolina.

jill@haitireforest.org | (919) 812-1885

John Winings

Senior Advisor to CODEP

Formerly executive director of Haiti Fund, Inc., retired executive
serving various Fortune 500 industrial companies.

Haiti Reforestation Partnership

Board of Directors

Martha Johnson, Chair of the Board

Former Administrator, US General Services Administration.

Bob Lee, Corporate Secretary

Retired from 40 year career in agribusiness, working with USAID organizations.

Melanie Musgrove, Corporate Treasurer

Certified Public Accountant and Project Management Professional with PwC.

 

Robert A Herrick, Immediate Past Chair

Environmental Engineer with a specialty in air quality management who owns his own consultancy.

Jesse Atkinson

Retired from maintenance and facility management at AT&T.

Charles Fyfe, Jr.

Retired corporate planner and executive in the energy business.

Rev. Dr. Bill Hawkins

Senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church, New Bern, North Carolina.

Elizabeth Lusk

Retired from the Natural Environment Section of the NC Department of Transportation.

William McGuire

Information technology professional working for Impact Makers, Inc.

Paul Morgan

Independent businessman and investor with a previous career in the technology industry.

Chris Weinheimer

Retired Certified Public Accountant with a career in health care and hospital financial management.

 

Jim Sylivant

Retired from a career as an electrical engineer for IBM.

Haiti Reforestation Partnership
Partners

For over 25 years we have enjoyed a variety of partnerships with other organizations – foundations, charities, businesses, and faith communities. They have provided all sorts of support including financial gifts, agricultural expertise, mechanical and engineering know-how, architectural drawings and designs, construction support, materials and tools, computer equipment and training, strategic planning, financial management, leadership development, and training. They have sponsored interns from the US as well as other full-time advisors and workers.

The CODEP project would not be where it is today if it hadn’t been for such constant and enthusiastic partners.

Growing List of Partners

Haiti Reforestation

How Can I Help

Partners and donors have been propelling the vision of Haiti Reforestation Partnership since 1990. Will you become part of that vision and leave a lasting legacy in the transformation of Haiti?

Other Ways To Offer Support

Taking denuded, barren, land to forests
Are you a business, non-profit, church or individual with an idea?

Contact: Executive Director, Jill Staton Bullard
Email : jill@haitireforest.org
Phone : (919) 812-1885

Contact Us

Haiti Reforestation Partnership
P.O. Box 99165
Raleigh, NC 27624
info@haitireforest.org
(919) 812-1885

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Checks can be made to “Haiti Reforestation Partnership” and
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Haiti Reforestation Partnership is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible.