Environmental Education & Reforestation in Haiti

Hunger

Hunger and Extreme Poverty are Inter-connected

MOTHER TERESA

Today, October 16th is World Food day. It is a good day to give some thought on why so many of our brothers and sisters worldwide are faced with extreme hunger and poverty. Let me give you a few facts. Currently 925 million people do not have enough to eat — more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union combined., 98% of the world’s undernourished people live in developing countries. Two-thirds of the world’s hungry live in just 7 countries: Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia and Pakistan. Where is hunger the worst? Asia and the Pacific: 578 million,Sub-Saharan Africa: 239 million,Latin America and the Caribbean: 53 million. Near East and North Africa: 37 million ,Developed countries: 19 million.

Hunger is rooted in the alleviation of poverty, as poverty leads to hunger. World hunger is a terrible symptom of world poverty. If efforts are only directed at providing food, or improving food production or distribution, then the structural root causes that create hunger, poverty and dependency would still remain. To truly eradicate hunger and poverty on the face of this planet, political will and solutions are needed globally.

I also beleive the long term solution is to give the poor the tools necessary to rise themselves out of poverty. Teach, empower, inspire and most of all share the technology with people in the most affected areas of the world. We know by now that just providing food to alliviate hunger for today does not work because they will be hungry tomorrow. That system much change if we really want to eradicate hunger and poverty. Greed and selfishness when dealing with this issue should no longer have a place in our Global Society.

There is the other issue of Genetically Modified food which is a huge problem. Take a look for yourself and learn more, click on link . I urge you today on World Food Day to decide that you will take some time at some point to learn more about these issues. We can no longer afford the thought that if it is not happening in my community it does not affect me. The truth is that we are all inter-connected, we will ultimately at one point feel the impact of what is happening in other countries and communities and on our HOME planet EARTH.

Nadine C. Patrice

Executive Director, Operation Green Leaves Inc.

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World Food Day, October 16th, 2012

Jr. Green Leaves club group pic

Jr. Green Leaves Club at Hubert O Sibley Elementary

October 16th , 2012 is World food Day, I invite everyone reading this blog to join the global movement to end hunger. Be part of the solution , take action in your community and around the world.

With that said I would like to bring to your attention that while we celebrate World Food Day on the 16th, we need to think about the  quality of our food. What is in our food? Is is healthy? What kind of pesticide was used? Is it Genetically engineered?

Many organizations are on the forefront with their message of not only ending world hunger but the issue of nutrition as well. the ONE organization’s message is “Put Nutrition on the Global Agenda”. For more details click

GORTA’s message is “Make Hunger History”. The Gorta World Food Day Conference will be on October 16th at 9:00 am in Dublin. If you are in that part of the world more details available at

One of the options also is for you to grow your own food then you will know for sure the quality and nutritional information of what you will be consuming. Farmers markets with local organic foods are everywhere now days as well as community and school gardens. There are many businesses with the mission to  teach you how to grow great and healthy foods such as Edible Gardening with Karin visit them at or Dylan Terry at “Ready-to-grow Gardens visit them at  and Earth Learning, visit them at

Finally Operation Green Leaves has sponsored many school gardens and works with children to not only teach them where food comes from but also teach them about nutrition and the cultural aspect of food. Hopelly we will be able to continue that program with the necessary funding. If you want to support our school garden program, please visit click on make a donation. Operation Green Leaves is a non-profit tax-deductible organization. Your donations are fully tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Vegetable vendor at the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood, Florida

Jr. Green Leaves Club at Hubert O Sibley Elementary working on their garden called “Bon Manje” which means Good food


Global Giving BONUS DAY Oct. 19th

Global Giving Bonus Day Challenge: October 19

Please support Operation Green Leaves Environmental Center & Volunteer Village Project posted on Global Giving. Please help us meet the challenge on October 19th, by visiting http://www.globalgiving.org/6060 On October 19, GlobalGiving.org is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project!  There is $100,000 available in matching funds starting at 12:01 am EDT.In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors! Donations are tax-deductible


Sustainable Reconstruction of Haiti

Kenscoff, Haiti

Denuded mountains of kenscoff

Good Morning, Members, Friends & all earthlings!

As probably most of you know as it has been reported in the news 14

months after the devastating earthquake, progress is still so slow in Haiti

Tent Cities are still there. Last week 3 people died as a result of the

2010 earthquake when a house collapse on them. With that said, there

are still some steps being taken by various non-profit organizations, such

as Food for the Poor, Ecoworks International, and some socially councious

businesses.

Members of Operation Green Leaves’ team working on the Environmental

center & volunteer village in Archaie. Haiti just came back from Haiti.

The mission was very productive. We are blessed to have Architect for

Humanity and other great Architectural firms donating their time and

talents to the project. We however need your financial support to make

the center a reality. Our goal is not only reforestation, but education &

training as well. to learn more about the project and to make a tax-

deductible donation, please visit http://www.globalgiving.org/6060

Restoring Haiti’s environment is a key element in the sustainable

reconstruction of Haiti. We must address the root cause of the

ecological destruction in Haiti. Provide alternative fuel souces and

energy & economic empowerment. Our motto is “Help Haitians Help

Themselves”. We are providing the tools to help our brothers & sisters

rise themselves out of poverty. Sharing a few pictures of one of our

partner orgnizations in Kenscoff, Haiti. Empowering a group of women

“Fanm kap plante”, Women who are planting.  Also pictures of deforested

mountains of  kenscoff. Please help in anyway you can. visit:

http://www.globalgiving.org/6060

Peace & Blessings,

Nadine C. Patrice, Executive Director


THE CHALLENGE. GLOBAL GIVING, OGL’S ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER & VOLUNTEER VILLAGE

Operation Green Leaves REALLY need your support. Operation Green Leaves finally qualified and earned a temporary spot on Global Giving. Our project is the building of our environmtal center and volunteer village in Arcahaie, Haiti.

THE CHALLENGE IS:  in order for us to qualify for a permanent spot on Global Giving, we need to RAISE $4,000 FROM 50 DONORS BY SEPTEMBER 30TH.

If we meet the challenge, we will be able to stay on and have a permanent spot on Global Giving and most importantly continue our fund-raising efforts to raise money for our project in Arcahaie and better yet we will have the opportunity to submit othe projects and raise funds for these particular projects.

To Donate visit: www.globalgiving.org/6060


All Night Function at Miami-Dade College to Fight Poverty in Haiti

Miami-Dade College’s Center for Community Involvement asked me to be their Key Note Speaker for an “All Nighter for Haiti” on October 16th, which was “World Food Day.” The goal was to raise $20,000 for several projects with the objective of  improving  the lives of those living in specific poverty ridden communities in Haiti. The funds were being raised specifically for Food For The Poor Inc.’s 3 special projects.

The first one was a feeding project for the poor in Cite Soleil, the second was a Tilapia farming project for personal consumption as well as economic sustainability. Food for the Poor’ s partner for this project is the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund. The 3rd was a Tree Planting Project called “Green Day Tree Planting Project. Students would plant trees One Friday a month. Species of trees would be planted for nutrition and a source of income in the chosen community.

The poverty and hunger situation in Haiti is currently out of control and tragic. The U.N. Development Report list Haiti asn number 148 out of 179 countries that have not been able to provide the basic needs for their people to improve their standard of living.

It is a fact that evironmental degradation is directly linked to poverty, so I beleive that addressing the environmental problems in Haiti is a starting point.  Operation Green Leaves understood this from the start. It is specifically for that reasons that when the founders of OGL wanted to do something to help with the abject poverty that they witnessed in Haiti in the early 90’s, they decided that the best way was to address the environmental problems. I hope that the authorities in Charge in Haiti, will one day understand that to rebuilding and create a sustainable Haiti they will have to make the ecological restoration in Haiti a priority. Currently it is obviously not.

I am please that some friends of Haiti like Food for the Poor, the Center for Community Involvement of Miami Dade Community College took some action last Oct. 16h.


Still Waiting for Help…

Today around noon I got a call from a Pastor who just came back from Haiti. He was there during the storm and he lived the experience. As a matter of fact, he was in Port-de Paix. So I asked him to share with me what he had seen ask him for a hurricane update.

One of things that surprised me is that he explained that at least 800 boats in La Tortue were destroyed, and the people of La Tortue were desperate and hungry.

In all the media coverage thoughout this ordeal I never really heard anything mentioned about La Tortue (which is an island located accross from Port-de-Paix). He explained that he went there to provide what he could, and most of all pray with, and for them.

He said the poverty and hungry faces he saw there were unbearable.

Right after I hang up the phone with him today, my mother called to tell me “guess what, you should see on channel 6, they just had a report that a huge boat carrying 154 people coming from La Tortue was just intercepeted and returned back to Haiti.”  So his report was confirmed and accurate, what he saw there in La Tortue was despair, hunger and poverty.

He went on to ask me how I can help. He said they need food, but the problem is that the food does not reach the needy. He explained that he personally witnessed the food containers that were supposed to be for the victims being sold, and taken away to private warehouses by people with big guns.  This is not the first time that I have heard this kind of report since the 4 hurricanes ravaged Haiti, but this time it was from an eyewitness that I personally know. 

He asked me to find a way to help not only La Tortue, but Port-de-Paix as well. A huge part of Port-de. Paix was under water. The other information he shared with me is that a lot of the people lost their lifes through the deadly mudslides, the water, mud and everything washed donwn from the mountain carrying the people. It took 4-5 days to find dead people, attached to young trees or branches.

I promised him that I will do what I can, but I know I cannot do it without help. So visit www.oglhaiti.com today to donate and share the information with your friends & colleagues.

Other desparate calls and e-mails I am getting are from Arcahaie, and Cabaret.

First they are in need of food and water. They lost all their crops. All the banana plantations and other crops are under water. They need to be able to replant. We need to be a able to support these communities by providing food and water and their basic needs while they replant their crops.

Operation Green Leaves will provide the seeds and the support but we cannot do it with your assistance.  So please visit our site at www.oglhaiti.com and make your tax deductible donation TODAY.

If you don’t like to donate online, you can mail your donation to  Operation Green Leaves Inc. P.O.box 5254, Coral Gables, Florida 33114. We will have a report with pictures of the assistance provided in our next newsletter.


HAITI has gotten enough LIP SERVICE, time for ACTION

I beleive when the power of love overcomes the love of power in Haiti, our beloved homeland will know real peace and prosperity.  Yesterday on our weekly radio program “Eco Alert with Nadine Patrice” I was discussing with my guests how poverty is at the root of all the ecological problems of Haiti.  Like my friend Dan was saying , the  poor, peasants and farmers are cutting the trees out of desperation and need to have money to feed their children and survive one more day.  We also dicussed a 2007 USAID study available online regarding the vunerability of Haiti’s Environment.  According to the study 23 million trees are cut in Haiti every year. To create the necessary balance and to put Haiti on the path to sustainability and self reliance, we need to plant at least 25 million trees a year which goes back to our firm belief and committment that Reforestation in Haiti needs to be a National Mouvement.  To hear more details on the issue , you should visit www.oglhaiti.com and click on internet radio.  According to the report mentioned above 500 million dollars is used to finance the occupying force in Haiti. A small percentage of these funds could be put to better use by creating and financing A National Reforestation project in Haiti. Poverty and economic distress is at the root of all the trouble in Haiti including the violence. Again I challenge all the Haitian Nationals around the globe and in our homeland to say ENOUGH. The next time you are watching these awful pictures of our people in Haiti, use your sadness and anger THIS TIME to make a committment to yourself and your country to take some action to encourage the necessary change in Haiti to improve the standard of living of our people in Haiti.  I am heartbroken, and extremely sad and may be a feeling a bit frustrated to continue to watch in horror and despair pictures of our children in Haiti, clothless (naked), shoeless and hungry. We need to change these pictures, we need to speak with ONE VOICE, Haiti must catch up to the 2st centrury. It is deplorable for our people to be living in these conditions in this hemisphere, in the 21st century, only 800 miles form South Florida’s shores. visit www.oglhaiti.com


Haiti’s Extreme Poverty and Misery

The level of poverty and misery you witnessed this week through published pictures of my people in Haiti is unacceptable. I ask myself how this can be?

In the last 30 years, money from foreign governments, including the U.S., international institutions and NGOs has poured into Haiti. Yet even before last week’s destructive storms pictures still showed my people, especially children, naked, shoeless and hungry. A basic infrastructure does not exist.

Electricity, telephone (I am not talking about cell phones), clean drinking water, roads, bridges, schools, etc… Something is not adding up!

At what point do we say ENOUGH!

At what point do we put our ego, personal grudges and greed aside.

At what point do we put the interest of Haiti and its people first.

The horrific pictures you have been watching both in the Haitian and International media are of your brother, sister, child, grandparent… WE ARE ONE!

ONE LOVE…ONE HEART…ONE SPIRIT.

Some of us have been blessed. Doors were opened up at some point in our life. Won’t you open a door for someone else?

It’s time for change in Haiti.

We can no longer close our eyes or look the other way because we ourselves are comfortable. We need to speak for the voiceless. We need to teach the children.

I challenge you today to do something!

Get involved today to help put Haiti on the path to self-sufficiency and sustainable development. DO SOMETHING! DO WHATEVER YOU DO BEST. JUST TAKE SOME ACTION AND GET INVOLVED.

I will continue to plant trees and provide education and environmental awareness with a renewed urgency because I refuse to look the other way. I am committed to improving the lives of my brothers and sisters in Haiti.

We you join me?

Visit: www.oglhaiti.com. Listen to the BlogTalkRadio show we did on Saturday, 13 September. Some if it is Kreyol. All if it is significant. Listen to the show this week at 10 AM Saturday: www.blogtalkradio.com/oglhaiti.