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Haitians help each other

Within three weeks of the January 12th earthquake that devastated Haiti, Groundswell’s partner organization, Partnership for Local Development (PLD), had carried out site visits and held planning meetings with the nine peasant organizations they support.  Their initial survey revealed that about 10,000 urban people had been displaced by the disaster to these rural areas. The […]

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A vision and principles for rebuilding rural Haiti

Groundswell and Partnership for Local Development (PLD), our member organization in Haiti, are moving ahead to support rural communities to respond to the earthquake.  Here is the latest update from Cantave Jean-Baptiste, Director of PLD. On January 22 Cantave drove to Haiti’s Central Plateau to discuss rural recovery strategies with leaders of the Peasant Movement […]

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Update from Haiti: Steps toward rebuilding the future

Dear Friends, Thanks to so many of you for your support and donations to allow Groundswell and our member organization in Haiti, Partnership for Local Development (PLD), to help Haitians recover from the devastating earthquake.  We have received heartfelt messages from all over the world asking for news, so we would like to share this […]

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Conversation with Cantave Jean-Baptiste in Haiti

After multiple failed attempts over the last few days, at about 9:30pm tonight (January 15) I once again dialed the cell phone of Cantave Jean-Baptiste in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  “Hi Steve,” he answered.  What a joy to hear his voice and know for sure that he is alive and well! Cantave directs Groundswell’s member organization in […]

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Earthquake devastates Haiti

Dear Friends and Supporters, Yesterday afternoon a powerful earthquake destroyed most of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince as well as areas beyond the city. Initial estimates indicate that thousands have perished and a full third of Haiti’s population – some 3 million people – have been affected by the earthquake and its dozens of aftershocks. […]

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Improving local food production in Haiti

The past two years have been extremely difficult for rural families in Haiti. By many accounts, hurricanes/tropical storms Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike, which occurred successively during a three-week period in August and September in 2008, resulted in the worst disaster to hit Haiti in more than 50 years. Crop damage was extensive because farmers’ […]

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