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Frequent natural disasters devastate farmers, limit food supply in Haiti

Natural disasters are frequent in Haiti, and many peasant farmers say they must start over after each one. They complain that foreign aid is not reaching them and government initiatives are misguided. Some are migrating to cities, reducing food production nationwide. By Rosenie Mont-Gerard, Reporter, Global Press Institute Haiti News Desk JÉRÉMIE, HAITI – Juste […]

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Interview with Cantave Jean-Baptiste about PDL’s work in Haiti

Q.  More analysts are recognizing that the foundation for Haiti’s future development needs to be built on support to family farmers and rural communities to improve agriculture and food production and decentralize development. But from your perspective, how do you do that? A.  Partenariat pour le Développement Local (PDL) supports small farmer families to improve […]

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Bottom-up approach leads to continued success for PLD and rural Haitian organizations

Despite considerable obstacles, progress in Haiti over the past six months has been impressive.  We continue to focus on building the foundation upon which to create strong, lasting local institutions. This includes assessing existing local structures, promoting community development plans, strengthening priority activities to meet basic needs, and developing broad-based leadership where women and youth […]

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Report on recent Groundswell trip to Haiti

During the week of February 13 – 19, 2011, we traveled to Haiti to meet with Partnership for Local Development (PLD), Groundswell’s main partner organization in Haiti, to observe and assess the work undertaken during the past year, strengthen PLD’s Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) system, and collaborate to adjust strategies and plans for the […]

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Haiti’s rural communities regenerating seeds and the future

Even before Haiti’s earthquake, Partenariat pour le Développement Local (PDL) and Groundswell International were working to strengthen peasant organizations to regenerate rural areas as the foundation for Haiti’s future.  Since the earthquake, we have redoubled our efforts.  Our recent visit to the rural communities where PDL is working reinforced again two essential ingredients to lasting […]

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AJWS awards Groundswell two grants for work in Haiti

Last month the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) made two grants to Groundswell for our work in Haiti. The first grant, titled “Strengthening the Capacity and Resilience of Rural Communities and Peasant Organizations”, will allow Groundswell and its local Haitian partner organization, PLD, to strengthen local leadership and capacity of six nascent peasant organizations to […]

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One year later in Haiti: building a solid foundation

On a mountain top several hours north of Port-au-Prince, twenty-five rural villages have organized themselves and are working hard to improve their lives.  By doing so, they are helping to lay one block in the foundation for Haiti’s future.  In spite of the earthquake, cholera and the political uncertainty created by recent flawed elections, they […]

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Was your donation for the Haiti earthquake spent well?

As the one year anniversary of the terrible January 12 earthquake approaches, many of those who have contributed to Haiti relief and recovery efforts have expressed frustration at the lack of progress.  As much as 20% of Haiti’s total population remains displaced and more than a million people are doing their best to survive in […]

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Groundswell wins three grants for its work with rural communities and internally displaced people in Haiti

Recent grants from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), the Seattle Foundation Emergency Relief Fund, and the Boston Foundation Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Fund have enabled Groundswell and Partnership for Local Development (PLD), our local partner in Haiti, to continue supporting thousands of internally displaced people while strengthening the capacity of community-based peasant organizations to […]

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