Haiti Agricultural Development Project
Rodney Babe and Sharyn were successful dairy farmers in rural Pennsylvania when they felt the call to the "to feed the poor". About 20 years ago, they were sent to Haiti by the PCUSA Board of Missions to initiate an agricultural mission. They joined with Jack Hanna and the Haiti Fund to establish CODEP in 1991. In this assignment the Babes led CODEP to be the most successful Development Project in Haiti. After a leaving for year’s sabbatical in 2006 studying Agriculture at a US University, the PCUSA reassigned the Rodney and Sharyn Babe to become faculty members of the Episcopal University of Port-au-Prince. Rodney has eagerly accepted the role as Director of HADP seizing the opportunity to spread the successful CODEP model throughout Haiti.
Fish Dev. Project - PROSPERITY AQUACULTURE
Valentin Abe, Ph.d is a Director of the Social Enterprise Fund, Inc. and serves SEF as Chief Operating Officer of the Haiti Fish Development Project. A Fulbright scholar from the Ivory Coast, Dr. Abe received his Baccalaureate, Masters and PhD degrees from Auburn University's world renowned School of Aquaculture. Dr. Abe is a considered to be a world authority on tilapia growth and development. With experience in Africa, Asia and the USA, Dr. Abe married a Haitian and moved to Haiti. He is devoted to restoring Haiti to its rightful place as a commercial fish producer in the Caribbean. Dr. Abe was named by TIME Magazine in May 2000 to the TIME 100 which honors the 100 most influential people in the world.
Rick and Nicole Carlin joined CODEP in the fall of 2009. The Carlin’s
orientation period was hurriedly completed on January 12, 2010 by the terrible
Haiti Earthquake (epicenter only a few miles from the CODEP organizational compound
in L’acul). Mike and Nicole responded remarkably to the needs of CODEP as well
as to the critical issues facing surrounding communities. Their accomplishments
in pulling together all CODEP constituencies dealing with the earthquake issues
while keeping CODEP on target in its community economic development has been
remarkable.The Carlins are from Pittsburgh
where Mike was in the construction business. Earlier he served a 9 year stint
as Campus Minister for the Presbyterian
Church at the University
of Pittsburgh. Mike
graduated from the Penn
State with a BS in
Biochemistry and spent a few years working at the university doing research. A graduate
of Messiah College of Lancaster, PA in elementary education, Nicole is a
commercial artist. She also served as Teaching Director for the Community Bible
Study Program in the Pittsburgh.
Mike and Nicole have 4 children.
Nicaraguan Farm Development Program
Rancho Ebenezer - Francisco Juarex Zapata
Village Medical/Veterinary Program - Richard Invin, D.V.M.