Whatever one’s opinion of climate science, the effects of global warming are directly impacting Haitian farmers in a negative way. For the past three years, we have experienced long periods of drought even during seasons that have never known an issue with rainfall. In an ironic coincidence, the period of drought began in 2013 when the iF Foundation started its agricultural program in Northern Haiti. Having access to credit, better seed, land preparation and technical support was serendipitous for our farmers during this time of extreme hardship as these factors mitigated the impact of the sustained drought. However, reimbursement rates for the loans suffered as farmer success depends on weather conditions as well as crop choice and market conditions. Access to water is the primary contributor to agricultural success as this determines which crops farmers will be able to grow and how much their land will produce. As rainfall becomes less predictable (or absent), farmers cannot make informed crop choices and must fall back on traditional planting calendars. This increases risk factors in an already risky venture. In our catchment area, 75% of crop loss was directly attributable to drought conditions.
Launched in 2012, the Breakfast Program began by serving breakfast to 310 children two days a week at Saint Joseph’s School in Dubre. Today, thanks to your support, the Program serves breakfast to 2,335 children at eleven schools, five days a week, during the school year. The Program is the philanthropic arm of the organization’s work in Haiti and meets the immediate need of poor childhood nutrition. Many of the children who are beneficiaries of the program don’t have enough to eat at home. In addition, many of them must walk long distances to get to school. By the time they arrive at school, they are tired and unable to focus on their schoolwork. The Breakfast Program provides at least one nutritious meal a day and has helped to increase attendance at school too. The most critical need for the Program is to raise continued operating support. It cost $100 to support one child for an entire school year. Your donation goes directly to help the beneficiaries of this important program. For more information on ways to support the Breakfast Program contact Eileen Spencer (914) 924-9704 or firstname.lastname@example.org