Northeast Haiti is dry and poor.
The communities we serve are in a dry, difficult landscape, but not one without agricultural potential for a better life.
Lying between ocean and mountains, this land has rich soil but scant rainfall and very little groundwater. People here limp along with seasonal subsistence farming.
On this land it takes 40 acres to support one cow.
A miserly annual rainfall of 20" comes in buckets during two brief rainy seasons. For six months there is none.
With the rains the mesquite and cactus green.
After the rains the soil dries, cracks and bakes as hard as cement.
Traditional houses use a mud paste over woven sticks.
Subsistence livelihoods are factored day to day.
A typical town.
More than sixty percent of those who live here are under the age of sixteen. This means poverty reduction must be geared to the generations coming along.
In the midst of this challenging landscape a JP training center stands as a beacon to a new agriculture here.