Haiti Update - October 2017
by Vernon Giesbrecht
Agriculture – A central mission of ours is to establish, resource, and implement using best practices, agricultural projects in developing countries like Haiti. Food production is thus increased and the local economy is affected. This is Business as Mission. On our 200 acre property, 160 are given to agriculture and related projects. Corn, sorghum, and beans follow a rotating schedule, and contribute to the feed for the Tilapia and Chicken Projects. A variety of vegetables find their way to market vendors and are included in the nutritious daily noon meals for our employees, students, as well as for a nearby school and orphanage – almost 300,000 meals each year! Egg production in our Chicken Project yields up to 2700 Grade A eggs per day, a preferred item of vendors and grocery stores. Providing tree seedlings to reforestation projects is helping to reverse Haiti’s environmental disaster – deforested hillsides resulting in serious erosion during tropical storms and hurricanes. Rain and irrigation are key to successful agriculture. From our three wells we also provide clean water to 6 nearby villages – over 26 million gal per year!
Medical-Surgical Clinic – While our clinic (fully Haitian staffed) provides daily care for the medical needs of children and adults from the surrounding area, throughout the year Double Harvest also hosts 6-8 surgery teams from the U.S. These medical professionals conduct minor “patch-ups” to more serious surgeries in which our Haitian staff are not equipped. This past month, a repeat team from FL was confronted with more acute surgical needs than in the past. They performed one case of surgical cervical cancer, typically a death sentence in Haiti if not cared for. The patient was transferred to a hospital in Port-au-Prince for recovery; our clinic is able to only host less-serious, overnight surgical patients. The recurring report from these medical teams is that our surgical facility is superior to almost all of the hospitals in Haiti. We have been blessed by generous donors to make this a reality!!
Outreach To Children – For Christians in Haiti, holidays are often used for special church activities or outreaches. October 17 was Dessalines Day, celebrating the man considered the founding father of Haiti. A former slave, he led the revolution against France, declaring Haiti’s independence in 1804. His ruthless governorship/emperorship was short lived with his assassination in 1806. This year, our School Director together with Child Evangelism Fellowship organized a day of fun, Bible lessons, and evangelism. Double Harvest provided drinks and snacks, always a highlight, with many kids receiving only one, maybe two, meals a day. A number of children professed Christ as their Savior from sin and will be followed-up by local churches. These accounts represent what our name reflects – a “double harvest”! Thank you for your support by helping us with Sowing Seeds of Life in this challenging country.