Even before the devastating earthquake January 2010, Haiti was already the poorest country in the Americas with more than half population living below the poverty line. About half of Haitian children do not have access to basic education. Schools, 80% private, are too expensive and therefore not accessible for families. The already weak haitian state is been devastated by the earthquake that destroyed the capital Port Au Prince, where much of the infrastructure and services were concentrated, which is why the city welcomed a third of the Haitian population (about 3 million people). The earthquake, which caused 200 thousand deaths and two million refugees, has produced devastating effects also in rural areas not directly affected, which have found themselves having to accommodate thousands of refugees and to address situations of extreme social and economic disadvantage. The efforts of the international community have focused in the area of the capital, leaving the countryside areas without any substantial help.

After the disaster of January 2010 we decided to work alongside rural communities. We promote community based agriculture for families and provide basic services and education.

Projects

Seeds of future for Haiti

ln January 2010 a violent earthquake has devastated Haiti, causing 220.000 deaths and 2 million refugees. Over 18 thousand displaced people have found refuge in Acul du Nord, in the northern part of the island. The balance of the rural district, already deprived of resources before the earthquake, has been sorely tested by this emergency.

A bank for local seeds

A "bank of local seeds" has been set up, which benefited about 120 extended families, for a total of about 1.400 people. The bank has been a very important instrument to foster a greater level of autonomy to private farmers, in the management of seeds. The possibility to store in airtight silos prevents processes of