Haiti Reconstruction

Rebuilding Haiti must start from the ground up, with agricultural education

Who we are

 Haiti Reconstruction International (HRI) 

HRI: Dedicated to fòmasyon of Haitians to run sustainable businesses that conserve resources, improve food security and health.

 Haiti Reconstruction International is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable corporation dedicated to agriculture, conservation and food security.  We educate and provide Haitians with the tools they need to start their own businesses to become self-sufficient.  We facilitate Fòmasyon Centres run by Haitians under our guidance training them in conservation, clean water, sanitation, safe cooking stoves and increasing a healthy food supply. We also maintain Haiti Reconstruction web site connecting non-profit organizations, and our Haitian teams in Haiti keeping them informed on latest technology that can help them. 

Most of our members are Christian based and already involved in communities throughout Haiti.  All of our members have a heart for Haiti and understand shareing is imperitive for all Haitians and their friends to acheive our goals.



Our 1st & main emphasis is educating long-term projects to create fertile soil so they can grow more food while stabilizing the land and reforesting the hillsides.


Haiti Reconstruction (website) is a social networking organization whose members are of NGO’s, sister parish groups, aid workers, and volunteers who are trying to improve the conditions throughout Haiti. Our main mission is connecting all our efforts into a powerful force to empower the people of Haiti to become self-sufficient through agriculture and conservation education.  We supply the tools and loans for materials they need to start sustainable businesses and they will take care of themselves and their country. 

Members may blog on this website, but Haiti Reconstruction Administrators must not respond, request nor support any political agendas.


HRI also works on short-term projects to educate each other. These projects must be income-generating for the community rather than individuals and fit into these categories:

  • Conserve their resources
  • Increase amount of food produced and getting them to market
  • Improve health of population with healthier foods that provide needed vitamins
  • Clean water, sanitation and clean cook stoves to save lives and conserve trees

We believe in educating and providing them with the tools they need to start up projects, not free handouts that may create dependencies.
We only want to use latest or best technology and proven methods that will not mess up their ecosystem.
We look for long-term solutions that conserve for future generations using Permaculture principles.

Our organization is much like FUNDAEC (click here to see their ORG), which was created in 1974 in Colombia by a group of scientists and professionals who were searching for ways to promote the autochthonous development of rural areas.

FUNDAEC, the acronym in Spanish for “The Foundation for the Application and Teaching of the Sciences”, is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that has dedicated over 30 years to fostering processes of learning, training, and development in the rural areas of Colombia and an increasing number of countries in Latin America. Click here to see FUNDAEC: PRINCIPLES AND ITS ACTIVITIES

We take ideas and criticisms; we improve ourselves with our member’s suggestions.

Member Links Click here

Comment by Patricia M. Abner on October 27, 2011 at 7:55am

Your program sounds like one that would a great help in Ennery and Petite Riviere, Haiti.  I will be in Haiti March 19 - 29, 2012 and would love to see the stove while there.  Please let me know how we can become more involved.  We are determined to assist our sisters and brothers become self sustainable. 


Comment by Mike Mahowald on December 1, 2011 at 10:16pm

Patricia, the best way you can start is to get on the waiting list to send 5 students to our training center when we get started.  The students will learn how to start a business assembling and selling stoves that make bio-char and will learn more techniques on growing more food and conserving their land.  This is the best way to help Ennery and Petite Riviere.

Comment by arlie archin on April 17, 2013 at 1:02pm

Hi, I would like to know the dates that you normally travel to Gris-Gris.

What are the dates for 2013?

Is the youth group still active, and does it still travel to Gris-Gris?

Thank you!

Comment by Sherry Dwire on May 6, 2014 at 7:11pm

Do you have any activities in Minnesota?

Comment by Mike Mahowald on May 7, 2014 at 7:09am

We have many groups from Minnesota, we are also incorporated here.  5 board members are also from here.

We are mainly a social network trying to help Haiti from all over the world by connecting groups who have similar interests.  Our input come from members worldwide, this along with years of experience we hope to be more efficient in what we recommend.

Personally I have made many mistakes but have learned to help Haiti. We have to employ the farmers along with listening to them.  But they do need new technologies, our problem is funding.  We have the best project for not only Haiti but the world!  We believe if we can get our current project running of turning grass into energy (grass pellets made by Haitians using the grass pellets to make way more pellets) we will get funding to really help Haiti as HRI.

Comment by Sherry Dwire on May 7, 2014 at 8:06am

After their first visit to Haiti in Dec. 2012, my son, Jeremiah and daughter-in-law, Tanja, formed the 7:10 Foundation based on Zechariah 7:10. God has helped us raise the money for two houses and one is close to completion. We are looking for land for the other house along with several others. Our vision is a "widowage" so to speak. We are working with Children's Lifeline International.

However we live in northern Minnesota. I would love to come down to Burnsville if you have demonstration of your TLUD stove. When we saw the video of using the stove with vetiver grass pellets, we were very interested because we want to discourage the burning of wood on the widowage but needed a inexpensive alternative.

Would the stove work with handmade grass briquettes? Do you have a pellet maker in Haiti? Several of us will be going to Haiti in August and again in December. Do you host mission trips in Gris Gris?

Comment by Mike Mahowald on May 7, 2014 at 9:18am

I have stayed at Children's lifeline near Arcahaie, I could demonstrate the stove for you but wouldn't want you to take a special trip for this.

We have tried making briquettes but found this too time consuming and the people will not continue with it unless there is a large supply of paper which there is not in most places.  

The project we are working on is getting portable machines to Haiti to make pellets, but none there yet.

Gris Gris missions are through Risen Savior Parish, but everyone pays their own way and work in separate missions for dental medical agriculture etc.

Comment by Sherry Dwire on May 7, 2014 at 9:28am

On the video it looked like the TLUD stoves can use twigs for burning. Are the TLUD stoves being made in Haiti right now? 

I was thinking of vetiver briquettes eventually after the widowage is established. Are the briquettes not dense enough?

I guess my idea is to purchase a stove to go with the house that is being built now. It is within walking distance of Children's Lifeline. Would it be better to start with a rocket stove to save on the wood they are already using and then improve later? The property we are looking at for the widowage is also within walking distance of Lifeline.


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