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Descouvertes Village by Dror Yaron

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Dror Yaron Dror Yaron
Explore score
1.00 Gigapixels
Date added
Jun 01, 2011
Date taken
May 06, 2011

GigapanMagazine.org Will open in a new tab or window vol 3 issue 4

This poor mountain community plays an active role in the Haiti Timber Reintroduction Program (HTRIP), one of the programs of Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti. The Gigapan shot was taken right in the middle of the village, with the tree plots off into the distance. Livestock and farming during the rainy season only provide limited income for the people of Descouvertes, however it is the HTRIP tree plots that will change the face of this village and ultimately break the cycle of poverty and sickness.

Nearly total deforestation in Haiti is linked to many problems: flooding, poor soil for crops, poor health and quality of life. Since 2006 the Haiti Timber Reintroduction Project has launched community-based tree cultivation, planting and education programs in over fifty communities such as this one in the mountains of the Artibonite Valley. Working with individual landowners and communities on a long-term basis, HTRIP unites agricultural education with literacy training. Since the program began, HTRIP and its participating communities have produced and planted nearly 600,000 trees in all three communes of the HAS service area. In its three years of participation in the program, Descouvertes alone has produced 36,760 of those trees in its own community-run nursery. Furthermore, 39 men and 50 women from Descouvertes have graduated from the HTRIP education program to plant trees on their own land. HTRIP is currently working with 52 communities like Descouvertes in the Artibonite Valley.

Learn more about the Haiti Timber Re-Introduction Project here: friendsofhas.org/projects/htrip.php3 Will open in a new tab or window

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  1. Dan Langfitt

    Dan Langfitt (September 06, 2011, 07:19AM )

    This panorama depicts a typical mountain Haitian "lakou" (from French "cour" --- courtyard). A lakou refers both to the common space between these small houses and to the group of houses generally. Usually a lakou is occupied by one extended family network of several generations, or by two or three families connected by marriage. The many children are raised almost collectively by the lakou; a child will certainly know who his or her biological parents are, but may sleep in the house of his or her father one night and with an aunt or uncle the next. They quite literally embrace the "it takes a village" philosophy of child-rearing. This particular lakou is wealthier than many of the surrounding communities because its residents own land in the nearby "hanging valley" (downhill in this panorama), where they can irrigate fields of vegetables and even rice. This higher relative wealth is obvious to the experienced eye in things like the corrugated aluminum roofing, the relatively well-clothed villagers, and the pig.

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