As a vegan volunteer in Sadhana Forest Haiti you would be planting food producing trees around local people’s homes in southeast Haiti. We have been doing this work since April 2010 with great success. We also operate Children’s Land, a project for local children. The main aim is to create plant-based food security and thus minimize the consumption of animal-derived foods –improving nutrition and health. On campus, accommodation is provided free of charge and food is provided with a small contribution.
About Sadhana Forest Haiti
Sadhana Forest Haiti is an international vegan organization working to support long-term plant-based food security for people living in the area of Anse-à-Pitres, since 2010. We do this by planting indigenous food-bearing trees together with the local population around their homes. Our four acre campus includes a fully shaded nursery containing 25,000 trees, one large and two small dormitories for volunteers, a training hall, a kitchen, a solar power system, a solar mill for milling nuts into flour, a Children's Land (an area for children to play and grow) and a food forest demonstration plot.
Anse-à-Pitres is a municipality with 22,000 inhabitants, comprising an area of 185 km², and is located close to the border with the Dominican Republic, near the town of Pedernales. A large percentage of the population in Anse-à-Pitres suffers from malnutrition and other related health problems, such as high infant and mother mortality, pre-term labor, and immune deficiency in both children and adults. In addition, many homes do not have electricity or running water.
We have identified the problem of food security, and the consequences stemming from lack of adequate sources of nutrition, as a way to create lasting change using our specific expertise. Our project is focused on achieving long-term, plant-based food security for the area. Together with the people of Anse-à-Pitres, we have already planted more than 100,000 indigenous food-bearing trees. The planting is done primarily in kitchen gardens in the town of Anse-à-Pitres and in mountain villages in the larger municipal area. Many trees have also been planted in public spaces, including parks and schools.
We are not a disaster relief organization! We do not provide short term solutions such as food and medicine distribution, short term employment for local people, giveaways, etc.