Haiti

  • Reforestation is a major challenge for Haiti. Centuries of over-farming and poor agricultural methods have destroyed the region’s soil. Erosion makes it very difficult to grow food, and dramatically increases the impact of natural disasters. Planting trees here will help restore nutrients to the soil and teach local farmers how to use the land responsibly and profitably.
  • We work with an amazing partner in Haiti that uses social enterprise to tackle reforestation. Focusing on community development, they help establish farmer cooperatives and rural farm businesses, with a strong focus on empowering women. By planting trees and learning proper environmental practices, Haitian farmers are able to grow more food, combat climate change, and lift themselves out of poverty.
  • Tree Certificate example - 100 Trees Planted In HaitiA personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our Haiti project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • To maximize the impact of your donation, our partner in Haiti will determine the most appropriate species of tree to plant, depending on the time of year. Popular species include fruit trees (papaya) and fast-growing timber trees (cedrela odorata).

DEFORESTATION IN HAITI


Haiti is a mountainous country that was once covered in lush tropical forests and fertile valleys. Since colonization, its forests have been cleared for industry – primarily coffee plantations, timber exports, and charcoal. Over 70% of Haiti’s annual energy comes from wood-based fuels, creating a serious threat to air quality. It is estimated that between 30 and 40 million trees are cut down each year, and approximately 4,000 kilotons of wood is harvested for energy consumption.

Haiti’s unpredictable climate makes it susceptible to drought, flash flooding, and hurricanes. Soil erosion and lack of tree cover exacerbates the impact of these disasters. Deforestation in Haiti is closely linked to the poverty cycle. A lack of access to fertile ground has led poorer farmers to cultivate steep, treeless slopes, destroying the topsoil and making it difficult for them to yield crops.

WHY PLANT TREES?

Empower local farmers

Using a 'tree currency' system, farmers learn how to use their land sustainably and profitably, while contributing to much needed reforestation.

Haiti Soil

Restore nutrients to the soil

Trees improve soil health by protecting it from wind and rain, absorbing water, and building stability with their root structures,

Feed the community

Strategic tree planting allows farmers to protect and nourish their productive land, increasing sustainable food production.

WANT TO GIVE MORE?

Start a fundraiser

Create an online fundraising page and get your friends & family involved. You can also fundraise on Facebook!

 

Become a regular donor

If once just ain't enough, you can set up a recurring donation to Haiti or another region of your choice here.
 

Spread the word

Share the story of Haiti's precious forests with your networks on social media. 

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