In Lemuel, projects are categorized into two groups: long-term and ongoing. Long-term projects are the larger, more costly ones such as construction and water projects. These generally take several years to raise funding for and to complete. Ongoing projects are smaller ones for which there is a continuous need such as latrines, metal roofs, cisterns, education costs and more.
Take a look at some of our current projects below:
Ongoing projects include:
- Sponsorship of the education program
- Funding for food/cash for work programs
- Metal roofs for houses in the community
- Cisterns to collect rain water off the metal roofs
- Latrines for families in the community
- Livestock husbandry projects
The people on the Plateau have dreamed about having a tractor for many, many years. Such a piece of equipment could do wonders in a drought-stricken farming community obliged to depend on manual labor alone. Life-sustaining gardens and canals could be greatly improved and more rainwater catchment holes could be dug to get people through the extreme droughts. The destructive path of Hurricane Matthew suddenly made the need for a tractor even more urgent. The community itself has already taken the initiative by starting a collective fund and giving out of the little they have…
It used to be green, and provide food. Now, much of Haiti’s Northwest is an eroded wasteland. When Samuel Schäfer first visited the Plateau in 2007, he looked at the stripped mountains, and envisioned living on those mountains and replanting them. (At the time, his thought was grapevines, as they tend to grow in dry climates by the sea.)
Several years later, Manis (who, consequently, remembers those very mountains when they were covered in trees) and Judy had been discussing an idea of purchasing parcels of the eroded, washed out land beyond the airstrip and planting mesquite trees. If properly managed, these mesquite trees could still be used to make charcoal, but in a sustainable way without destroying the entire tree. The land would slowly become forested, and the economy of the Plateau could be stimulated at the same time as families in need were given permission to cut portions of the trees to make charcoal.
Samuel heard Manis and Judy’s idea, and decided to take it on. He has purchased a large parcel of the eroded land, and – working with a couple young guys from the area – has begun to give it a facelift.When Samuel leaves in 2016 to go back to Germany, he aims to have the trees growing, the nursery functioning, and management for the land and nursery established and running smoothly. At that time, he will turn the project over to Lemuel.
One current long-term project is the construction of a new school building. The footers were laid in 2011. In July 2012, the cement block walls were constructed, and in 2014, both the tin and the cement portions of the roof were completed. By 2016, we were able to completely finish the school offices. The next step will be to install windows and doors in the classrooms.