Rebuilding Haiti must start from the ground up, with agricultural education
This Training Centre will first be for stove production, then teaching other self-sustaining businesses that conserve resources and produce more food. It will have nurseries for trees and produce with fertile soil made from stoves biochar, waste vegetation and humanure.
This facility will be run by Haitians trained under the guidance and help of experts from Haiti Reconstruction International.
It will be close to hills with vetiver hedgerows that are backing up mountainside gardens on the terraces of great soil holding compost with biochar which holds, micro-organisms and moisture.
Solar powered DC well pump running when the sun shines and tower (chateau dlo) to hold water for later, these solar panels will also charge batteries to keep satellite dish running for international communications around the clock.
Housing for apprentice training and short term HRI guests who are providing services.
Dining facility with cook who will use onsite produce and buy needed extras for meals, which are cooked on stoves they produce. Food and Housing will be run as a separate business paid by guests and trainees room and board fees.
Composting toilets and composting bins for food, garden, and nursery waste and humanure will be used and trained to students.
Purification system for drinking water known as bio-sand filters will be used and promoted as another future business.
Fruit trees of all kinds grafted with many improved varieties will be another future training course.
We have found our best prospect, which meets all our criteria! Joel Ducasse, premise in the Arcahaie situated in the Cabaret watershed area currently has the largest vetiver nursery in the Caribbean. Joel invited us to use his premises in Arcahaie for our stove production workshop and said if we have our training center there he will contribute free vetiver, and use his existing stove production equipment capacity.
Our 1st mission to Haiti we met Joel and saw his premises; he was everything we had hoped for, he is an excellent agronomist with all the same ideas we have.
His work ethic is outstanding
and says he is in the stage of his life that he wants to give back to his country.
His nursery was well taken care of and his vetiver slips excellent quality.
Joel also planted many of the nitrogen fixing trees we promote on our HR website. He has an abundance of benzolive plants that produce seeds for students to return with to plant in their villages along with vetiver slips for hedgerow erosion protection.
Besides working out details with Mr. Ducasse about our fòmasyon center, we had very good stove demonstrations in Arcahaie and Matthew 25 house.
We will be working closely with Matt.25 and the hundreds of groups who use this guest house and many others that similarly house groups that go out to the countryside.
We met with representatives of World Bank and FHS and the two largest stove makers in Haiti at this time. They only have produced a few thousand stoves, we are trying to help them and with our marketing plan we can produce a million in a few years.
Nou te gen yon demonstrasyon de recho TLUD Kay Matthew 25 ak Doktè Paul Anderson.
We are still looking for leaders to run the fòmasyon center and find the right people to be instructors. Ketty Paquiot and Elisabeth Silvera Ducasse are leaders of a FHS (Fondation Haiti Solidarité)a registered Haitian non-profit. Ketty teaches agronomists and works in watershed protection, support environmental activities (related to Water, Renewable Energy, and Waste Management), and help in biotech appropriation in the rural sector). They will be helping us with organization of our Training center leaders and curriculum.
Joel Ducasse plantation and future HRI Training Center, click View Larger Map on Google maps, to find directions zoom in and out on the slider bar.
Next missions: Get all the groups in the Arcahaie area to work together.
We just found out that SIGNA has been working for some time in similar projects that we are.
There emphasis has been on reforesting for carbon with great plants that we have been including vetiver, although they haven't been promoting it as hedgerows as we do. We want to work with SIGNA and others to get every group to reach its potential with the best technology available.
Bring blueprints of the stoves we want to make into kits. Talk to Ketty and Elizabeth to develop leadership training team. Talk to President's staff about the urgency of our program of producing stoves in Haiti that will create jobs and stop the need for charcoal, with long term conservation using vetiver grass for biofuel. Work out a deal with a local businessman to provide internet service until our Training facility is completed and possible run the internet survice for us. Also find providers for other services we will need for the center.
Our immediate need: Budget for building the Sant Fòmasyon, costs for satellite installation and fees.
Find funding to get this Centre built so HRI can have a credible asset on Haitian soil.