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In Haiti two weeks ago, I had the great privilege to hike a small part of the CODEP region to see the forests firsthand. I was accompanied by Elizabeth Lusk, a member of the Haiti Reforestation Partnership Board Member, and we were guided by two CODEP Animators, Rene Decime and Madame Enese Medee. The hike was both arduous and wonderful…(read more)
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As we decorate our holiday trees and enjoy our children, I ask you to take a moment to celebrate the 14 million trees planted by our CODEP partners and the hope those bring to Haitian chilldren. Please renew your own commitment to this work and share the Haitian Reforestation Partnership story on your social media. — Jill Staton Bullard, Executive Director
But, why are trees so extremely important to Haiti?
For this child and thousands of others in the mountains of Haiti, the forests of CODEP have transformed their lives. Our supporters, volunteers, and donors work with our partners on the ground in Haiti teaching the benefits of reforestation. The Haiti Reforestation Partnership provides Haitian parents with the skills, knowledge and resources to provide their children with the basic necessities of life.
However, more than just immediate food, shelter, and water…
What legacy do you want to leave?
The New York Times just carried a very important Op Ed piece about reforestation in Haiti. CODEP is mentioned:
Roadblocks to reforestation remain, especially for hillsides. Rural residents are wary of putting the effort into cultivating trees far from their homes, where it is easy for someone else to cut them down. But in recent years some have succeeded in tackling this problem by organizing reforestation efforts along entire watersheds. Where there are trees higher up, their roots and richer soils absorb rain, which decreases flooding below. When organizations tackle the problem holistically, connecting communities up and down a watershed, deforestation can be reversed with remarkable success.
Over the last two decades, for instance, an organization called CODEP has helped Haitian communities in the Cormier watershed, in the south of the country, create forests on the hillsides, where fruit is harvested for local markets.