Haiti Agriculture Development Project (HADP)
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The successful CODEP project operation is limited to a small defined region in the southern portion of Haiti. The Haiti Agricultural Development Project (HADP) has been organized to be an aggressive development project that replicates the CODEP model throughout Haiti.
Using the cooperation the Episcopal Bishop of Haiti, the Episcopal University in Port-au-Prince and the PCUSA, HDF
has engaged Rodney Babe to be the Project's Director. Mr. Babe successfully led the 4 million tree CODEP reforestation project from its infancy until 2006.
The Episcopal Church in Haiti has broad geographical exposure with parishes established in 22 rural communities. HADP has partnered with the Episcopal Church in Haiti to set up as many projects as can be funded in their Parishes. Rodney Babe will work closely with the Episcipal Diocese's Office of Development.
As Project Director, Rodney will manage the project. He will develop quantitative plans and budgets for each community served and develop measurable performance objectives for every project. Regular progress reports will be prepared. Local Leadership will be recruited and trained. Resources will be provided by several Agricultural Schools in Haiti, the Development office of the Episcopal Church, and CODEP.
Two early pilot programs were started in 2007: one near the Williamson Community, 35 miles north of Port-au-Prince and the other south of Carrefour (SW of Port-au-Prince). Plantings late in the year approached 40,000 trees. The three year budgets for each project totals $300,000 growing from $64,000 in the first year, to $104,000 in the second and $129,000 in the third. Costs include local labor and supervision, training, land rehab, seeds, nursery and forestation, etc. Being a component of the Social Enterprise Fund, these HADP projects will not absorb any US overhead costs. As the projects progress, the need for qualified full time leadership will develop. At that point a more centralized organizational structure located in Haiti will be necessary.
Both the Williamson and the Carrefour projects should have an immediate and major economic impact on the two rural communities. We hope to plant 500,000 trees in each project over the 3 year period. The trees alone will produce value exceeding 9 times the costs for the project not to mention the social and economic improvements that will come about in these impoverished communities.
It is important to get both of these projects underway and successful to provide a basis for support of the overall 22 region program. The Social Enterprise Fund has commitments of $225,000 which will provide for more than two years at one of the projects. We are actively seeking donors to underwrite the second project with a three year commitment of $300,000.
Individuals, Foundations, Businesses are being sought to provide sponsorship for each of the 20 other potential sites (projects). which can have a major impact on the economic life in rural Haiti.
Please contact SEF to become a social entreprener/partner in this very important program.