Vre Lavi Ayiti - True Life Haiti

Our Partners:

 

Vre Lavi Ayiti has started to develop partnerships with:

 

Meds & Foods for Kids

Our Mission: Meds & Food for Kids (MFK) is dedicated to saving the lives of Haiti's malnourished children and other nutritionally vulnerable people.

We accomplish our mission by developing, producing, and distributing highly nutritious foods, including the gold-standard Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). We make our food products in Haiti, using Haitian workers and, whenever possible, Haitian raw materials. Haitians call our RUTF “Medika Mamba” — or “Peanut Butter Medicine” in Creole.

MFK needs more than 2000 kg of peanuts per month.  There is really only one way to procure this amount of peanuts, and that is to work with cooperatives (or large groups) of small farmers and to help these farmers increase their yields and the quality of their peanuts. MFK is doing this by building relationships with local farmers’ cooperatives, and providing them with tools, seed and fungicide. Vre Lavi Ayiti will coordinate efforts between MFK and the local farmers.

The Viruguard variety yielded the highest crop. Fungicide is needed to prevent the leaves of the peanut plant from dying before the peanuts (which are underground) can grow big enough. These molds can also harm the quality of the peanut crop, and during drying and storage, farmers must be very careful to keep the peanuts out of the rain and not to store them in air-tight bags. The preliminary results of this project have shown that farmers can achieve 3 times greater yields by using fungicide.

Once MFK picks up the peanuts from the cooperatives, they bring them back to their factory for processing. They must be roasted, shelled, and cleaned before they can be used in their life-saving products. After seeing all this with my own eyes, I really appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into making a factory in Haiti, and using Haitian peanuts, a reality.

What do you get with an acre?
Haitian peanut yields are about 1/5 those in the United States. A peanut farmer in Georgia can grow nearly 3,000 lbs of peanuts on an acre; a Haitian farmer grows only 700 lbs on the same amount of land.

It’s Nuts!
Meds & Food for Kids now purchases more than 60 tons of peanuts annually from local farmers.

Peanut Pals
Our partnership with the American Peanut Council connects to help and expertise from U.S. peanut growers.

The MFK Guide to Peanut Production, was produced as a part of a research project supported by USAID through the Peanut Collaborative and Research Support Program (Peanut CRSP). It was developed to provide basic production information to peanut farmers specifically in the tropical regions of the Americas, but the guide is applicable to anywhere peanuts are grown.

 

The Full Belly Project

 

Our vision is to support the improvement of economic possibilities for people in global communities.

The Full Belly Project designs and distributes income-generating agricultural devices to improve life in rural communities by:

·         Identifying opportunities (Usually referred to by a group of farmers).

·         To create local business opportunities

·         Identifying the conditions dictated by the situation; Design and test prototypes.

·         Depending on the situation (funding, experience of the entrepreneurs), our staff trains the future entrepreneurs or ship the equipment molds and instructions in the most appropriate language.

·         Identifying measurement techniques to gauge success.

Peanuts can be easily shelled with the Universal Nut Sheller made from mostly concrete with some metal parts. Open a box, find a factory.  Follow some instructions, mix some concrete.  Put it all together.  Turn the handle.  It's very little work, even for older people.  Each mini-factory comes with enough metal parts to make 4 machines.  Then you can get a local welder to make you up some more.  This machine will process 50 kilograms (110 lb) of raw, sun-dried peanuts per hour.

Dry peanut shells can be used as fuel in TLUD stoves. They are light but burn well and produce a good bio-char. Our team recently used a gallon of peanut shells in a Gasifier stove. It boiled a quart (.95 liters) of water in 12 minutes, and the flames lasted 30 minutes.

 

Tractors for Haiti

Bon Trakte pou Bon Pwodikte

Working together with local farmers and agencies to increase food for Haiti.

  Project Goals:

·         Increase food production in Haiti

·         Improve the working conditions of farmers

·         Introduce affordable tractors and implements

What Farmers Need:

Farmers need seed, fertilizer, and water to grow their crops. Most farmers also need oxen to plow their fields. Plowing is very hard work and very expensive. When it is time to plant, everyone needs the oxen. Many times farmers must wait for oxen plowing. Poor timing often results in poor yields. Poor yields result in poor income. Poor income means a waste of time and energy.

 

Ramase Lajan

                                        

         

 

 

Vre Lavi Ayiti will also partner with Executives Without Borders and Haiti Recycling to begin a franchise of Ramase Lajan in Passe Catabois. Ramase Lajan is a Haitian Creole phrase that literally means, “Picking up Money.”  This recycling program allows people in our community to collect plastic bottles and turn them into our “Sant Koleksyon” (Collection Center) and receive money for the bottles.  Vre Lavi Ayiti is so excited about taking part in this wonderful program, helping the environment as well as teaching and encouraging the community to respect God’s beautiful land in Passe Catabois.

 

IDEJEN   

 Mission: IDEJEN contributes to the improvement of living conditions of vulnerable youth aged 15 to 24 through a real socio economic reintegration in their own community.

Vision: IDEJEN 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.

A former USAID project implemented by Education Development Center, is the largest Youth-Serving Organization in Haiti; it has transformed the lives of thousands of out-of-school youth who previously lived on the margins of Haitian society.


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