Environmental Education & Reforestation in Haiti

Poverty

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.


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


Merry Christmas Haiti! May Santa Bring You A Better Life

On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked a densely populated area of Haiti, near the capital of Port-au-Prince. Damage was extensive. Death estimates top 300,000, but noone knows for sure. More than 1 million people were left homeless, most of them remain in tent cities nearly 2 years later. No electricity. No sanitation. Few paved roads. Deforestation. Soil erosion. Yet, a spirit of hope and optimism remains.

Pictures by Brian Machray of Yosemite Lakes Community Church in Coarsegoldm CA. The Haitian National Anthem is sung by Yvon ‘Capi’ Andre, a founding member of Tabou Compo. Pastor Audley Wisdom provides Holy Night from the 17 December 2011 Sabbath Service. Video produced and distributed by Ken English.


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


GLOBAL GIVING CHALLENGE OCT. 19TH 2011

Global Giving Bonus Day Challenge: October 19TH 2011

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 .  For additional info on the project visit http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/projects/oglhaiti

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. MOST IMPORTANTLY SHARE THIS INFO. WITH YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY.

Peace & Blessings,

Thank You.


When the economy improves,Earth’s environment will improve

Please take a look at this great interview, “When the economy improves,

Earth’s environment will improve. The economy and environmental issues are truly connected. That has been our message at OGL for years.  To find real solutions to Haiti’s environmental issues, we need to provide sustainable economic alternative as well as alternative energy sources.  I spoke to a friend today in Haiti, she was sadden by the fact that in some part of Haiti, people are still cutting trees on the side of the roads. She explained to me although it is sad, we need to provide an economic alternative. I am calling for a National Reforestation Plan in Haiti, which will include the alternatives mentioned above, & education. All the sectors of the society need to be involve, goverment, private, professional, schools.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-9Tf9PNLF8&feature=share


Haiti’s New President Speaks at the U.N General Assembly

On Friday September 23rd Haiti’s new President, Mr. Michel Martelly spoke at the United Nation’s General Assembly. I am so please to see that he mentioned that addressing the urgent issue of deforestation and Global Warming is a top priority to the sustainable reconstruction of Haiti. I am so delighted that Haiti’s leadership is going in the right direction finally. It has always been Operation Green Leaves message from day one, and now for 21 years that “any sustainable reconstruction of Haiti must include restoring Haiti’s environment, specifically an agressive national reforestation plan.

Our Vision: A Green & Sustainable Haiti!

Peace & Blessings,
Nadine C. Patrice
Executive Director, Operation Green Leaves Inc.

NOTE: Operation Green Leaves is celebrating its 21st Year Annivesary this september with an online campaign instead of a gala or dinner, reducing our carbon footprint. Join our campaign & make a tax-deductible donation at http://www.oglhaiti.com click on give 10


Wangari Maathai, Farewell

Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maatha, Founder of the Greenbelt Movement died on Sunday at the age of 71
Our sincere condolences goes out to her immediate and global family. She was my inspiration standing for what she knew was right not matter what. From an unknowned scientist to the first African female laureate. She had an amazing ability to connect complex environmental issues with their impact on ordinary people. Farewell you were a global inspiration. You came to this planet for a specific purpose, Job well done. May you rest in Peace.
Nadine C. Patrice
Executive Director , Operation Green Leaves.


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