Project #182 | Rain Harvesting Systems and Home Gardens in Haiti
Our partnership with Beyond Borders
Lagonav Island in Haiti is extremely isolated and lacks critical government services and support for its communities and the challenges they face. Nearly 60% of the population lives below the national poverty line, earning less than $2.41 USD per day. The island has also been deforested, which exacerbates the effects of climate change and increasingly severe annual droughts. In addition to food insecurity, incidents of poor health, child absenteeism from schools, and trafficking/forced labor have all increased due to the widespread poverty.
One Day’s Wages has partnered with Beyond Borders to improve access to vegetable gardens and reliable water sources in response to rising food insecurity and climate change on Lagonav Island. Participants in the program receive training to use rainwater catchment systems so that rainwater can be stored and used year-round as a reliable water source. These rainwater catchment kits, which include gutters, pipes, and cisterns to hold rainwater, not only help families store and access rainwater to irrigate family vegetable gardens, but also provide water to meet cooking and hygiene needs. In addition, participants receive training in sustainable gardening skills and materials needed to plant, water, and maintain new vegetable gardens. Home-based vegetable gardens have been proven to help families boost household income and nutritional diversity.
Our collective impact
% Improved Nutritional Diversity
% Reduction in Water Collecting Time
“With support from [Beyond Borders], I was able to cultivate a beautiful vegetable garden. This garden has cabbage, carrots, parsley, tomatoes, green peppers, beets, habanero peppers, and many other vegetables. I could say that my garden made a lot of progress for me. For example, it helped me spend less and make more money. I didn’t have to purchase vegetables in the marketplace, and I was able to sell some of my own vegetables for a profit. Not including the bell peppers, which are not ready for harvest yet, I have sold about 6,000 HTG (about $71 US) of vegetables. I really want to express my thanks to [Beyond Borders] for this support because it’s helped me so much. It helped me increase my household revenue. I encourage [Beyond Borders] to help more people with this project because the support has borne fruit. Many thanks!”
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our water and sanitation fund.