Haiti Reconstruction

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

Reason we picked TLUD stoves as Haiti Reconstruction International's 1st project to help Haiti

  • Reason we picked TLUD stoves as our 1st project to help Haiti

Our members have worked and studied Haiti’s most desperate problems and believe we have come up with the best possible solutions.  Haiti’s root cause of food deficiency comes from erosion and loss of good soil coming from lack of trees and ground cover on Haiti’s mountainous terrain.

Cutting trees to make charcoal is the largest waist of energy and its main use is cooking fuel.  TLUD stoves make its own charcoal and if we can get everyone to use them we can stop the need for cutting down Haiti’s beautiful trees.


  • Root of the problem in Haiti

Everyone knows the trees are all gone from continual cutting for charcoal.

Not everyone knows the extent of the damage the erosion has made.

When there is no soil, there is nothing to hold back the water, ground water can even dry up, wells and water sources go dry.

When there is no soil, there are no nutrients'.  Plants continue to shrink and goats fight for food.

When there is no soil, trees will not even grow where they once flourished.

When there is no soil, plants dry up so much faster, without plants and trees breathing moisture in the air the clouds aren't seeded to rain and draughts last longer.

When hurricanes come, there is no resistance in air or land to stop washing away what little there is.

When there is no soil, there are no microorganisms to break down particles for plants to absorb. With poor sanitation and no good bacteria in the soil, worms and disease like cholera run rampant.  Poor sanitation and with to floods anthrax outbreaks come often as land is unearthed.  Houses and villages are flooded then covered with silt and more lives are lost.


Solution to the problem: 

We have to stop the erosion and bring back the soil.  Good forests keep erosion from happening but when the forests are gone: Reforesting the hillsides will not stop the erosion on its own!

We need another prescription, something else with deep roots and something to replace the need for cutting trees.

Vetiver grass roots grow 3 meters deep!  It withstands hurricanes; floods fire and droughts will not kill it.

Vetiver grass hedgerows stops erosion as it captures leaves and debris, when planted correctly it makes its own terraces! It is stronger than steel for holding back landslides.

Vetiver grass holds moisture, its roots brings water down to replenish aquifers.   It also cleans polluted water of nitrogen, phosphorus and pathogens

Vetiver grass is great forage for ruminant animals and fodder for ground rich in NPK.  Plants grown between the rows grow better from nutrients they provide and insects they keep away.

When everyone starts growing vetiver it will be the largest biomass crop available since the leaves should be trimmed 2 to 3 times per year making the largest energy source available in Haiti.

Vetiver grass can be burned in TLUD improved cook stoves all over Haiti making biochar.

This can stop the use of charcoal and trees will grow again.  Atmosphere will improve making better weather patterns.  Fruit trees can be planted on mountainsides.

Biochar holds moisture and is the best hotel good microorganisms can find.  It enhances fertilizers from all composted materials, which turn into terra preta.

Terra preta will make plants healthy and resist disease, growing an abundance of healthy plant food.

Healthy food will make healthy animals and also people who eat them.

Healthy people take care of themselves and their families becoming self-sufficient as they conserve their land.

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Comment by Patricia M. Abner on October 19, 2011 at 10:19am
I am anxious to find out about these stoves and the grass.  A few years ago, we purchased boxes of seeds to grow vegetables in Ennery, Haiti.  Several of our team along with many people from the Chapel area dug and as we dug, I was suprised to see that the further we dug the more rock we encountered.  I am hoping to learn more about this project and that it might be an answer to a difficult problem.  Looking forward to learning more.


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