Permafund Grant 2012 recipient
AAE Australia for La Gonave, La Gonave Is, Haiti received $1000 from Permafund for land restoration, erosion prevention and landholder training including vetiver grass propagation & distribution.
The man is in the photo below is Selmy, an AAE supervisor and teacher for the Saturday Environmental School to the 60 children there.
He learnt orange grafting and gave us a demonstration, but the video is way to large for email.
The structure is the chicken coop we started last year, now we put another 10 chickens in. It has 6 chicks and two roosters.
The land is small here, about half an acre. It has been given in use by Selmy’s father (an ever-smiling man) and is next to the church. The church was more than happy to welcome a donation to the Nan Riske community for a large water tank whose labour was a community effort. This is why the church allows AAE to use its building for the children and as a storage area for materials (there are 145 x 10ft corrugated iron sheets and a good number of timber beams; some are for widening the chicken coop, most for a new structure for the children, as Selmy’s father is prepared to give in use to AAE another adjoining small lot (about 30m x 7m) for the children’s Saturday Environmental Program within the cultivations you see in the picture below.
La Gonave island is rectangular, 60km long, 12km wide, home to an estimated 200,000 people. The island's water supply is one of the lowest per person per day in the world with people often getting less than 10 lt/person/day. The AAE community association is attempting to provide land management and economic initiatives. They are experimenting with food drying techniques, see photo below.