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Nathalie, Haiti: "I am really empowered to take care of my family."

“I have respect for trees, and I plant a lot because I am very concerned about erosion,” shares Nathalie. “It is a direct consequence of deforestation and bad farming practices. Farming is essential for the economic survival of my family in Haiti.” Erosion is indeed a serious concern for rural farmers in Haiti. In the […]
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A Glimpse into Life in Haiti: Stories of Resilience and Hope

Haiti is facing a crisis, with new updates coming out of the country almost daily. The country director of Plant With Purpose in Haiti recently provided us with a deeper understanding of how the situation is unfolding. He explains, “Life in Haiti because of the security situation has worsened. Currently, we don’t know who is […]
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Haiti: A Nation in Crisis, Yet Resilient and Hopeful

The story of Haiti is one of struggle, resilience, and hope amid often dire circumstances. This Caribbean nation has endured a long history of escalating violence, political instability, economic hardship, and the devastating impact of natural disasters. However, the people of Haiti refuse to succumb to despair even with their nation in crisis. Instead, they […]
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We are able to persist: Sustainable agriculture in Haiti keeps parents resilient

In recent years, few countries have reached the level of instability seen by Haiti. The collapse of its central government and authority structures have created an atmosphere of lawlessness, in which street-level violence has escalated. The constant threat of harm and kidnappings has disrupted everyday life for most Haitians, particularly around larger population centers. Many […]
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The environmental connection between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

In May of 2004, an extraordinary rain drenched the mountains of Haiti, in a place I had never heard of before, called Fonds Verrettes. We are used to the hurricanes: Georges, Ivan, Gustave, Ike, Sandy, Matthew; but the storm that brought this rain didn’t even have a name.  Over the course of a week, almost […]
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Let's hear from Haiti's Purpose Groups

Throughout the many security and economic crises Haiti has endured during recent years, Plant With Purpose's community Purpose Groups have become places of refuge, belonging, and security for its members. While the state of the nation makes it difficult to make progress, dream of a future, and secure resources, these Haiti Purpose Groups have provided […]
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Q&A with Justine & Alexandre from Grande Colline, Haiti

Many of Plant With Purpose's longest standing partnerships in Haiti are in the area of Grande Colline. We recently had a chance to talk with two farmers in Haiti who are also members of Purpose Groups in the area and hear about their experience. Here's what we've learned from Justine and Alexandre. Justine What was […]
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Bainet to Burundi: A round-the-globe look at Plant With Purpose

With summer in full swing, members of the Plant With Purpose projects team are off on a variety of travels, many of which are to our partners and programs around the world. At the same time, our local leaders continue to advance restoration projects in ecosystems all around rural landscapes. Here is a highlight reel […]
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In the voices of our partners

One of the more complex nuances of working across different countries and cultures is storytelling and communication. When done poorly, organizations run several risks: from dehumanizing the people they seek to help to diminishing the role local actors play in advancing progress. In this post, CEO Scott Sabin shares how to allow our partners to […]
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LET THE LOCALS LEAD

While having country-based leadership in all of our programs is important, we take it a step further and the advantage of local leadership is undeniable.  The importance of having local ownership over our mission and program activities has been emphasized at Plant With Purpose from the very beginning. Back in 1984, Plant With Purpose was […]
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Amazing Ways to Help Protect the Natural World

Create abundance for both people and planet It isn’t rare to hear stories of environmental loss and damage. From wildfires to drought to mass deforestation and pollution, so many of our beloved places on Earth are under constant threat. How can we help protect the natural world? These threats are real and urgent, but what […]
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The challenge of working in Haiti in 2022

Plant With Purpose works in some of the most difficult places in the world where people live. Our program supports resilience and progress in these challenging settings. As you can imagine, over the past couple years, life has gotten more difficult in many of these areas, largely due to the effects of the pandemic and […]
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The Value of Multilateral Partnerships

Plant With Purpose partners are autonomous but interdependent On the day that Plant With Purpose was established in 1984, two organizations were created as partners. Floresta International was founded in San Diego, California, and would later become known as Plant With Purpose. In the Dominican Republic, Floresta Incorporada was launched, where it continues working to […]
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The Tree Difference

Wilner’s community used to be extremely barren It seems like not long ago when Fonds-Verrettes was a very barren place. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago. About ten years before many community members joined Plant With Purpose groups and learned the value of reforestation, they lived on unproductive soil. This was very bad news […]
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Food on the Table: The Story of Messoyel

Haiti has faced challenges year after year. Haiti is no stranger to the hopelessness that comes from generations of government changes and promises, with little to show for it. Even when big changes are made to better the country, small farmers like Messoyel often are the last people to be affected or rewarded. Messoyel is […]
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