Craig Erickson, Director of International Relations, has spent over three years in Jacmel, Haiti. He currently lives just east of Port au Prince has is very experienced in both the cultural and agricultural understandings of this country. Haiti is the crux of our development work, well because they are a nation of endless opportunity for aid, relief, and of course, development.
We began our work in Haiti in 2014 by assisting orphanages with food production systems like aquaponic facilities, pig farms, chicken coops, and fruit tree plantings.
An Aquaponic Facility Comes to Life in Jacmel, Haiti
This institutional sustainability model has led us to work with many partners from churches to orphanages, from medical clinics to universities. It is exciting to be a part of a network of other organizations doing incredible work in this country from education to empowerment. Our food production systems help equip them with sustainability for their programs as well as employment opportunities and healthy food to distribute.
In accordance with our institutional sustainability model, we've joined a new coalition that seeks to develop a school for a community in Les Cayes, Haiti. The school will generate revenue that will also benefit a local orphanage.
Hurricane Matthew ripped through Haiti in October of 2016
One of our projects there was damaged, but you guys helped this community get back on their feet through the 7for6 Campaign!
Without Walls - Community Programs.
Over the past couple years, Harvest Craft has been engaging with a variety of organizational institutions like churches and orphanages. However, as we progressed forward with our programs, we had a strong desire to engage openly and directly with the communities not receiving consistent support. Interacting at the community level, opposed to an institutional level, allows you to address the core issues that surround socio-economic poverty. We wanted to work in deep relationship with nationals that have the potential to impact their own communities that lie outside of infrastructure and aid, the people that exist Without Walls.