Food

"What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?  Can such faith save him?  Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."

James 2: 14-17

Poultry

In 2012 and 2013, with funding from Union Congregational Church in Hackensack, MN, we partnered with the Instituto Interamericano De Cooperacion Para La to train 20 families how to raise chickens, generating eggs as a food source.  As part of the training, families built a chicken coop and received 7 chickens. 

Sustainable Agriculture: Farm Pilot Program

A farm pilot program was started in 2012 to help assess the feasibility of developing sustainable agriculture on a larger scale.  Two existing farmers participated in the program, and they received funds to purchase additional seed, fertilizer, farm tools, and to hire laborers.  In addition, they -- and their laborers -- received technical assistance from Haitian Agronomist Louissant Nelson. 

Their first crops were planted mid-2012, and while they were off to a good start, Hurricane Sandy hit Haiti and destroyed the crops.  Because two growing cycles per year are possible in Haiti, a second crop was planted in Fall 2012 and harvested in May 2013. Crops consisted of beans, rice, and peas. Farmers tripled their crop yields and their profits. In November 2013, Board members heard, first-hand, from the farmers who shared how the program’s success has changed their lives.  In May 2016, we toured those original farms, and they are still very successful.  In addition, some of the laborers who were trained to work with those farmers started their own farm operations, and they are now successful, independent farmers.  All are now able to provide their children with food, clothing, and education.

Phase II: Sustainable Agriculture
​In late 2016/2017, with a challenge grant from the SG Foundation, the farm pilot program was expanded to provide opportunities to an additional twenty farmers.  The farmers received classroom and field instruction; received business loans to expand their farming operations; and will receive ongoing technical assistance.  The program is designed to teach farmers to plant and harvest crops around the destructive winds and rains of the hurricane season. 

Fishing Association

In 2014, we were introduced to a fishing association of 25 families.  They shared one fishing boat -- which was under significant repair on the day we discovered them -- along with a few badly torn fishing nets.  With a machete`, a hammer, a manual wood plane, and a few nails, these fishermen carved out and installed a new bottom in the boat, and each piece fit beautifully.

The families rotated use of the boat and nets, providing each family an opportunity to fish for their families once every 25 days. With the support of donors, The Faith Project purchased three additional boats, providing families the opportunity to fish for food every six days.  In addition to the boats, we were able to provide funding for several new fishing nets.  In just a few months, the association grew to 56 families, and that the association started to turn a profit through the selling of the fish to buyers in the Dominican Republic.  In addition, an on-site fish cleaning and cooking operation was started along the coast.  ​In 2016, the Fishing Association was temporarily suspended and reorganized so that its management falls under the responsibility of the Garde Saline Leadership Council.