About

My 6 and 8 year grand daughters, Devyn and Maison, have the best way of summing up what we do "Papa has gone to Haiti to teach the farmers how to grow better food so starving children will not have to die anymore"

Our Mission:

The mission of Vre Lavi Ayiti is founded on the principles of sustainability and
empowerment. Vre Lavi Ayiti mission is to encourage, educate and empower the people of Passe Catabois, Haiti so that they are a successful and
self-sustaining community.

Our Vision:

It is Vre Lavi Ayiti vision to encourage the people of Passe
Catabois, Haiti to greater self sufficiency. By supporting the development of their local resources through education and economic opportunity we will support the establishment of a strong, independent community that will form a progressive bond with each other and extend through-out the region.

Vre Lavi Ayiti desires to improve environmental, agricultural and economic
conditions in Passe Catabois, Haiti. Vre Lavi Ayiti is focused on efforts to stabilize the population and offer all available assistance to reduce suffering. Our development projects involve high revenue peanut cash crops and marketing programs - designed to increase yields and income. These programs will play an important role in long-term recovery which supports the local economy, creates jobs and encourages the community.

Our Goals:

Vre Lavi Ayiti key goals of our development projects involve high revenue peanut cash crops and marketing programs. Practical agricultural training and hands-on technical assistance are essential means to achieve these goals.

Vre Lavi Ayiti will bring farmer producer groups extensive training and technical assistance in propagation, production, post-harvest and marketing activities. Vre Lavi Ayiti will also develop an agricultural training farm, involving direct production and marketing activities for peanut farming. The production and marketing of peanuts will serve as a dynamic demonstration platform for collaborating farmers. Direct experience helps to focus on the constraints and develop practical solutions; successful production and marketing of crops act as a catalyst for participating farmers. The program focuses on improving production, grading and marketing skills.

Provide an opportunity to earn an income. Each person has certain abilities
and talents that can be used. We want to interview persons to determine if we can assist them in creating a job opportunity for them. By providing a wheelbarrow, a power washer, hand tools, garden tools, or perhaps even a truck, we can begin to place one more person into the workplace.

The Problem:

One in eight children in Passe Catabois is acutely malnourished and one in five is underweight. One in 14 will die before reaching the age of 5.

Malnutrition in Passe Catabois is the result of many factors, including endemic poverty brought on by the nearly 80% unemployment rate, and primitive agricultural practices that prevent farmers from growing enough nutritious food to feed their families. Haiti has endured centuries of political unrest, foreign occupations, corruption, and natural disasters, leaving the country weakened and families vulnerable.

Dr. Anne-Marie is a Dutch doctor working in the Hospital Passe Catabois, Haiti and is the only doctor for a community of 20,000 people. Following she writes in her blog:

Roselene: Yesterday I found a 38 year old woman on the floor in the hallway of the hospital. I lifted her on a bed and saw a very skinny woman with swollen abdomen and legs. No AIDS which surprised me, because as she looked it seemed to be end-stage of HIV. After questioning and a physical examination, I come to the conclusion that it is a very malnourished woman. One day later she has deceased from malnutrition. So I know this can happen again and again usually with children, but now a mother will die instead of her children.

The Solution:

Malnutrition in Haiti is the result of a combination of factors, most of which are not addressed by rescue operations and handouts. While the needs are great, a permanent, sustainable solution for Haiti is within reach. The four-pronged plan not only saves lives, but puts Haiti on the path to a stronger future.

It is our approach to use local farms and local resources to grow quality peanuts that can be used by MFK to manufacture Medika Mamba, a treatment for malnutrition, which in turn develops the local economy.

The current MFK factory can’t keep up with the demand for Medika Mamba. The larger, more efficient Meds & Food for Kids factory will not only save more lives through increased production, but will have a deeper impact on the country’s economy, by employing and training more Haitian workers and using more Haitian raw materials.

The Three-Part Plan

01: Jobs

We must create more jobs for Haitians so that they can lift themselves out
of the poverty that leads to malnutrition.

02: Training

People are ready to work, but with few training programs and educational opportunities available, many are hindered by limited knowledge and outdated practices.

03: Agriculture

By purchasing raw materials in Haiti and sharing knowledge with farmers about how to improve their crops, we help develop markets and encourage production and growth.

Developing Haiti—Creating Jobs and Skilled Workers

We must create more jobs for Haitians so that they can lift themselves out of the poverty that leads to malnutrition. People are ready to work, but with few training programs and educational opportunities available, many are hindered by limited knowledge and outdated resources. When we can share knowledge and train workers in specific areas, not only are we meeting our need for people who can help us effectively deliver our mission, but we are also building human capacity.

Developing Haiti—Job Training

People are ready to work, but with few training programs and educational opportunities available, many are hindered by limited knowledge and outdated resources. Meds & Food for Kids will assist Vre Lavi Ayiti to share knowledge and train workers in specific areas, not only are we meeting our need for people who can help us effectively deliver our mission, but we are also building human capacity.

Vre Lavi Ayiti will partner with IDEJEN who contributes to the improvement of living conditions of vulnerable youth aged 15 to 24 through a real socio economic reintegration in their own community and offers a second chance to vulnerable and poor youth to become independent and to participate to the socio-economic development of the country as an empowered citizen.

Developing Haiti—Agriculture

By MFK purchasing raw materials in Haiti and Vre Lavi Ayiti sharing knowledge with farmers about how to improve their crops, we help develop markets and encourage production and growth. Vre Lavi Ayiti will work MFK agronomists to assist farmers, helping to improve the quality of their peanuts and their yield. We bring information about modern methods of planting, cultivation and fertilizing, treating seeds to avoid fungus and toxins, and controlling weeds. Farmers are introduced to machinery and tools that make their work easier, and at the same time increase their yields.