Haiti Creates its First Eco-Village by Chavannes Jean-Baptiste

We all know the well-worn adage, necessity is the mother of invention. And this truism certainly applies to the tens of thousands of survivors from Haiti's catastrophic 2010 earthquake. Hundreds left Port-au-Prince, the hardest-hit area in Haiti, and sought shelter, food, and water, in places like the rural village of Hinche, located in the Central Plateau.


Manuel Laurol is just such a survivor. He and his family arrived in Hinche and found a tent city run by Mouvman Peyizan Papay (MPP), who supplied their basic needs for several months. On returning to Port-au-Prince, Manuel encountered "people living in misery", himself remaining unemployed for several months. Eventually, he and his family returned to MMP. Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, MPP's president, and his staff decided to apply sustainable farming practices and green technology to a pilot program for a housing project, Eco-Village.

MPP chose Manuel's family as a program participant. Together, he and ten other men built the first green community, two-bedroom brick houses, powered by solar energy, with composting toilets. They also planted vegetable and flower gardens, and learned sustainable farming practices. Eco-Village has access to a land parcel for growing crops, a herd of livestock, and an irrigation well, solar-energy powered. Chavannes Jean-Baptiste expects Eco-Village will be completely self-sustainable within the next two to three years.

MPP's next projects are a medical center, a training program in information technology, and other Eco-Villages. Investment partners Why Hunger and Hard Rock have funded the Eco-Village project, and will continue helping MPP deliver green technology and sustainable farming practices to more Haitians.

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