We are so grateful for all of you who partner with CREOLE, Inc. and our friends in Northern Haiti. As you know 2016 was another rough year for Haiti.
On October 4th, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in the south, taking out entire villages and causing wide spread destruction. It also postponed national elections which were eventually held in November. Our friends and projects in the north were spared from the effects of Matthew, but in November heavy rains came to the Cap Haitien area, and the flooding there was terrible.
Many people lost their homes, more lost their clothes and mattresses. We were talking to a woman after some of the heaviest rains who said the water started coming in her house about 10 PM, and by 11 PM it was above her waist. By 1 AM it was back down to her knees, and they went to a neighbor who's home was up higher to sleep. She said they did not leave their house sooner because outside the water was deeper. They lost a pig and a goat. Another woman told us her clothes and cooking pots all washed away. All of their beds were destroyed.
Following the floods, the paths were filled with sediment and muck. Dead animals were in the brush and the odor was awful. It has been a difficult year and yet. . .
Through your support we were able to provide food and funds for 70 people in two seperate communities (140 total). With the funds they were able to put gravel and sand on their paths, clean muck from their homes and bury decaying animals. We also provide seeds for family gardens, continue to terrace, plant new coffee plants, and provide salaries for Haitian ag techs who counsel people as they produce food.
In the areas CREOLE, Inc. has built terraces there was less flooding and washing out compared to the rest of the mountains in the Cap Haitien area. One lady who has lived in the LaFlo area for 17 years said "it is the first time with so much rain that we did not have earth slides and flooding". The bottom line is that terracing protects people from the dangers of erosion during heavy rain and storms.
We processed another round of coffee at Toziar farm this fall. It has already been spoken for by roasters from Spokane, WA and Knoxville, TN. CREOLE, Inc. will have a booth at the U.S. Coffee Championships in Knoxville, January 21 &22 to highlight Haitian Agriculture and Coffee.
We look forward to 2017 and opportunities in agriculture in Haiti. Thank you for your continued interest in CREOLE, Inc.
Lapè, lanmou, ak lajwa pou ou nan nouvè ane sa a!
(Peace, love, and joy to you in this New Year!)