Continuing Work in Haiti
Organized by: Nikala Asante
Nikala Asante via Crowdrise
March 02, 2015
EVENT DATE Mar 13, 2015
Thank you to everyone who supported my son and I in our reforestation efforts in Anse a Pitre, Haiti this January! We were successful! With our newly made friends of Sadhana Forest, we planted hundreds of food bearing trees and also learned about permaculture, natural stove building, the properties of local nutritional plants (such as Moringa), water conservation, water distribution, and solar cooking. All of these experiences prepared me for further work in Haiti.
I will return to Haiti March 13 - March 23, 2015 to continue equity creating work in the areas of clean water security, fresh food security, and preventative health. Many people have asked me about how they can support these initiatives. Thus, I am offering this campaign as a means of making our efforts cooperative. The fundraising goal is $1,200.
I am so excited about the itinerary! My friend Happy Megie, an experienced RN, and Nailah, a 19 year old certified permaculturist, will be traveling with me. We will volunteer at Sadhana Forest in the mornings through Thursday, March 19. In the afternoons, we will travel to assess methodology for planting trees in the neighboring town of Recif. A representative of Sadhana has volunteered trees and extra hands so that we can plant right away, while we assess how to plant more!
Also, we will document how the town of Thiotte builds their natural rainwater collecting barrels, and if their method is replicable in other areas of Haiti for gathering clean water. On Thursday, we will make our way to Port au Prince to the Family Nursing School at 28 Delmas. I built a relationship with them on my May 2014 trip to Haiti, where I set up medical clinics in tent cities with the University of Houston Honors College Medicine and Society Program and assisted Dr. Carl Lindahl in training Haitian earthquake survivors to conduct interviews of other survivors to preserve authentic narratives and serve as a tool for mental healing (survivortosurvivorstories.com). The interviewers were paid for a full year's Haitian wages for less than a month's work - finally, fair wages!
In Delmas, I will meet with Haitian survivors who are interested in being future interviewers for Survivor to Survivor to offer them that economic and service opportunity. Also, I will facilitate setting up a space for Happy will teach a workshop to a large group of nursing students on maternal health. Lastly, I will travel with the director of 28 Delmas to take pictures of an area where he is building a school and a community to assess and document it so that I can help with their water supply. A few people in Houston have pledged possible assistance through either well digging or water filtration, so I need to see which system would work best for the area. Also, this new community in Delmas is a desert area similar to Anse a Pitre, so there is also the potential for food growth based on what I've learned.
We will return to Houston on Monday, March 23 through the Port au Prince airport. If you are able to assist in any way with this trip, financial or otherwise, I thank you in advance. Best to you and yours.
Budget for March 2015 Service Trip to Haiti
Plane Ticket - $600 Round Trip
Ground Travel - $175
Lodging - $150
Food - $75
Customs and Tourist Visa - $30
Guide/Translator - $100
Miscellaneous (Bug Spray, Bottled Water, Toiletries, Etc...) - $70
Total = $1,200
See more about the Survivor to Survivor Project:
See a documentary about my May 2014 trip with the University of Houston Honors College:
Read a blog about my personal experiences in Haiti May 2014:
See more about Nikala Asante:
See Creative Work by Nikala Asante:
Re-Divining Self: Poetry, Short Stories, and Personal Essays: http://www.amazon.com/Re-Divining-Self-Nikala-Asante/dp/1495418758
Pharaoh the Web Series (film): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arMmyXZWFpI