Blazing hot sunAs the world urbanizes and becomes more and more industrialized, the effects of climate change are more and more obvious. Summer days are obviously hotter.

My family and I recently took a trip to Montreal. Montreal is a northern city in Quebec, Canada where twenty years ago, it was still inconceivable to think that the temperature would rise to 105 C. And it was hard to imagine that AC systems would become a necessity the summer months.

During our short stay in Canada, 54 people died in 3 days from heat exhaustion in their homes, hospitals and outdoors.  In Quebec, the public facilities were not built to welcome the heat wave. This got me thinking…For heaven sake, this is Canada. If climate change is having such impact on Canada, what impact is it having on the island of Haiti, which is way more vulnerable to environmental changes?

Luckily, Canada is a rich nation and can afford to enforce environmental regulations. But, what happens in a developing nation such as Haiti where there’s a lack of environmental regulations? And what about the lack of sanitation, clean water and forested regions?

Too often, the primary victims of environmental harm are impoverished and marginalized communities with limited resources and opportunity to participate in the decision making process about environmental related subjects.  Furthermore, I asked myself, can you stand the heat? If not… what are you willing to do about it?

More than ever, I believe that as Tree Angels, it is our duty to continue spreading the word and to convince more people to get on board to promote environmental education in countries like Haiti. We need more environmental protection groups as partners. We need to do more activities such as the Earth Day observance where we get opportunities to educate communities about the current environmental hot topics. Call me a dreamer, but I’m an optimist. I believe that we can improve the current climatic conditions if we all work together and agree to give up some of our comfort.

Protecting the environment is key to healthy land and healthy people.

Sandra Romulus

 

Can You Stand the Heat?

A Torn Book

Magic-book.-ecology textbookOur latest blog post has been provided by one of our Haiti based TAFH volunteers, Jean Makens Germain. His creative writing gives a unique perspective and provides an interesting lesson. This blog post may provide an excellent conversation point for your next gathering with family and friends. Be sure to comment on your thoughts and spread the word about the important work of TAFH. 

There once was a woman who had many children. Although she was very poor and had encountered a series of unfortunate events, she strongly believed that providing the best for her children was a priority. All of her children were school-aged and she wanted them to have the best education possible. Despite her lack of resources, she managed to buy a single textbook and asked that this textbook would be passed down from one child to the next.

She specifically told them to make sure that they handle this book with extra care and cautiously, for it was the only one that she could afford. The children knew that every time one of them completed the textbook and passed their class, they were to pass on this book to the next. It was clear, there was no other way…

Overtime, the tradition continued until one of the children became negligent and stopped caring for the book as intended. So, the pages started tearing and the book ripped. This resulted in serious damage of the book. The children who were waiting to use the book inherited a mess and barely could read out of it. This book, unique and irreplaceable was extremely important for this family. The negligent attitude of one child impacted so many in a negative way. If all children cared for this book equally and carefully, no child’s future would have been jeopardized. All the children were warned. The mom repeatedly told them to be cautious and to care for this book. But unfortunately, this one child did not listen.

By now you understand that this story is a parable and the book symbolizes something greater. Yes, the mother is our Mother Earth, we are the children and the book represents our environment. For too long, we have been told to be careful, to handle our environment with care and to preserve it. For, living in a safe environment is our only mean of survival. Some of us did not listen and weren’t as careful. Today, we are starting to pay the price and the future is very bleak for the generations to come. Careless children tear up the pages of our precious book leaving behind a desolate and incomplete book for future generations. We need to think of the children of tomorrow and find a way to patch up the damaged pages of our only book.

Are you interested in learning more about how you may help our planet and improve conditions in Haiti? Please contact any TAFH member or visit our website http://www.treeangelshaiti.org for more details. 

Sunshine, Water, Hard Work and Love Create a Haitian Backyard Garden Success Story

Backyard Garden Project in Leogane, Haiti

How do you go from encouraging people to plant trees to promoting backyard gardens?

Our slogan is “Help us Reforest Haiti”, so one can say why is a group who is passionate about planting trees and reforestation encouraging and supporting backyard gardens?

The answer is very simple. As we continue to teach and educate about the importance of tree planting and bringing back forests in Haiti, we decided to help create an agricultural program that will deter from tree cutting and become economically sustainable. In Haiti, tree cutting is part of surviving. People cut trees for income. The trees are either turned into lumber, charcoal or used for construction or fencing. If the tree cutting was done in an organized way, it would be less of an issue. Unfortunately, it’s a chaotic movement that’s not regulated and has led the country to an impoverished condition.

Three years ago, our organization, thought it would be wise to create a planting program that would serve several purposes. We devised a program that would promote wellness, financial growth and, at the same time, deter people from tree cutting. From this idea, Francine’s Gardens was born.  Although full of hope, Francine’s garden program had its challenges. However, recently we received a very interesting report from our site supervisor that helped me to realize that the people are finally buying into this program!  Soon it will truly be the backup program that will allow us to continue our tree planting programs.

As the backyard gardens start generating income and the people will finally be able to sell their produce, the Tree Angels will be able to continue our mission planting trees without the fear that they will be cut down. I was especially delighted when I read Sedchina’s outstanding report and saw the photos she sent this week on her Facebook post (If you think that what I’m saying is intriguing, please see report below).

I felt that Sedchina’s post was a gift for me. Yes, a gift. You see, since the beginning of the Francine’s garden backyard project, I knew that someone would come along and help us capture the attention of those in need within these communities where gardening used to be the primary activity. I hoped for someone to help us help them understand how gardening could multiply their efforts and may be the answer to their economic problems. This report from our Haitian friends gives us hope and shows the significant progress the TAFH are making.

Bonsoir TAFH, 

 In today’s report, I will send you the details as reported by the 12 participants I visited. They’ve asked to take part of the backyard garden project, and have received training and were given seedlings instead of seeds. 

  • 3 supervisions were done in Brach
  • 1 in Lower Mirathon  
  • 8 supervisions at Merceri (petite rivière) 

A few gardens were not supervised due to the absence of the landowners. In Brache, I visited the gardens of Christine Luc, Myrlande Louis, Yvena Alexandra. 

 Christine Luc reported that she had to remove her banana and potato plants from the ground, so she can clear the land for the garden. However, she claims that she didn’t have any difficulty preparing the ground. The seedlings that we gave her are bell peppers, tomato, and okra. She hopes to grow her garden even more after this harvest. 

Myrlande Louis reported that her soil was dry, but after she watered and mixed it, she was able to plant. She planted peppers, okra, and tomatoes. Myrlande likes the initiative and wants to continue to be part of this movement because she sees that this can help her move forward.  

Yvena Alexandre’s soil had a lot of rocks and full of broken glass from old glass bottles. She watered and mixed the soil and created rows to plant. Yvena planted the hot peppers, tomatoes and okra seedlings. She hopes that with TAFH she can talk less and work more! She wants to stay focused and is hoping to grow bell peppers and watermelon in the next garden. 

From Petite Rivière we have Centhia Germain, Magela Boulin, Shepsler Ismeus, Fritz Germain, Ulis Cilvia Meide, Antoinise, Robertine Mildor and Natacha Joseph. I will send you a generic report for those because their soil is similar and they all had similar environmental conditions. The Petite Riviere people have the same type of soil. To prepare for the gardens, they all got together with pitchforks turned the soil and created rows. They worked as a team to increase their chances of success. They all got peppers and tomatoes and they have water wells in their yards, so there will be no difficulty to water the plants. They all thanked TAFH for this great project and would like to receive other seeds Melons, papaya, onions, potatoes. They are very grateful to have received tomatoes because they know that they are very valuable.  

Thank you very much for this opportunity. Although visiting the fields can be physically challenging due to road problems and location know that I take pride in doing this and will continue to work hard on this project.
 

We are excited to see the growth that will develop from these gardens as others become aware and encourage their friends and families to participate as well! If you would like to learn more about the gardens or how you may become a part of this exciting chapter in the TAFH history, please contact a TAFH member, leave a comment and/ or visit our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/treeangelsforhaiti/) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/treeangelsfor_haiti/?hl=en) pages for more details.

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An Interview with Haitian Agronomist Onel Dossou

One look at the breathtaking scenery of Haiti can inspire us all to preserve it for future generations. This goal is a core part of the mission for the Tree Angels for Haiti. Our efforts include a variety of projects, managed by a team of dedicated volunteers. One of these amazing Tree Angels is agronomist Onel Dossou. (An agronomist is someone who studies the growing and harvesting of crops) Onel was kind enough to share his professional knowledge about the Haitian landscape in a recent conversation:

Q.: Which trees are the most common in Haiti?

 A.: The trees most common in Haiti are mostly fruit trees including mango, avocado and coconut trees. In addition there are forest trees such as zed, palm trees and flamboyant trees (which is considered to be one of the most beautiful trees in the world!)

Q.: What are the most efficient trees for Haiti to plant in efforts to reforest the nation?

A.: For the short term, Flamboyant trees, palms trees and Moringa trees would be the best option.

 Q.: Are there any suggestions the average person/ family can use to help with local reforestation efforts?

A.: After a long time of working with different communities in Haiti, my suggestion centers around training people about the trees and planting. From there we can work with the local residents to plant them. We can then tell them that the trees belong to them and that they may keep the fruit when they bloom.

 Q.: The Haitian climate remains ideal for certain vegetation. Which crops tend to thrive in Haiti?

 A.: There are two climates in Haiti. In one area, we can grow vegetables. In another area we can grow mangoes. In addition some crops are ideal for the flat land—corn, beans, sweet potatoes and rice. In addition, in the mountains there’re growing all kinds of vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, celery and lettuce.

Q.: Mangoes seem to flourish all around Haiti. What are the conditions that make Haiti ideal location for growing the fruit? 

A.: Mangoes flourish all around Haiti but there are a lot of different species of mangoes. In the north there’s some species we don’t have it in south. The conditions that make Haiti ideal location for growing the fruit are our fertile land and our tropical climate.

Q.: What factors are the primary causes of deforestation in Haiti? How can they be reversed or at least minimized?  

A.: Most Haitians still depend on wood and charcoal as their main source of energy. The people are cutting trees and but no one is re-planting them. Alternative energies would be needed to save the forests. To reverse or minimize the effects of deforestation, Haiti will need to create a system to use as another main source of energy. Another plan would be a program requiring the community to plant 10 trees for each tree that is cut down.

 

A New Tree Angel Visits Haiti

This post was provided by one of our newest Tree Angels for Haiti volunteers, Renie Penna-Couttenye, who made her first visit to Haiti this fall. She shares a fresh perspective of  her experience and what she learned from the activities during the trip.  Her reflections provide a reminder of how important the TAFH volunteers are in meeting the objectives of the organization’s mission.

I went to Haiti for the first time with the Tree Angels for Haiti (TAFH) this September.  The Tree Angels is a non-profit organization started by Sandra Romulus to help reforest Haiti’s devastated lands.  In addition to bettering the environment, the Tree Angels also aim to support and better the community.

On this last trip we worked a lot on the Morel botanical garden.  This is a garden for the people, created by the people.  The garden will serve as a nursery to support the reforestation project but it is also a place that the community can enjoy for its beauty and as a source of pride.  It gives people a sense of purpose and provides education and skills that they can transfer to their own lives.  Working in the garden was a time where the community — young, old, and teenagers– was united for a common purpose.  People learned skills from each other, not only in regards to agriculture but also lessons in cooperation, respect and how to care for the environment (like not littering).

In the Tree Angel meetings it was clear through passionate debates that people take pride in being part of the group. In these meetings you could identify natural leaders and watch as they stretched and practiced their skills. It became clear that there is always room for those who want more responsibility to have an influence.  Being part of Tree Angels allows members a place to learn and grow and be a part of something that can have a lasting impact on their community and country.

Tree Angels carry some weight.  When you go to Leogane everyone seems to know about the Tree Angels.  And, little by little, through various meetings with environmental counsels of Haiti perhaps the reputation will spread nationwide.  It is inspiring to know that in the six years that Tree Angels have been visiting Haiti there are entire mountain sides that are once again covered in trees.  Those are Tree Angel trees.

Another way Tree Angels better the community is by supporting and pairing with other local ventures.  On this last trip we met a young man named Makens who has started a sign language school for hearing and deaf children in the area.  He recognized the need for more people to know sign language to make life more accessible to the deaf people in the area.  Just imagine trying to receive medical care if no one you know can interpret for you.  We were able to provide some school supplies for these students and they have also become involved in the garden.  As with the rest of the community, this organization may give these students a chance to feel part of something bigger than themselves and to interact with others.  And perhaps even encourage others to want to learn sign language.

As part of the TAFH mission, we also provided backpacks and hygiene supplies to several other rural schools in the region. Our outreach included a school in a monastery, where the nuns help some of the neediest people in the area.  By supporting the nuns we hope they will be able to reach more people.
With every trip Tree Angels is able to extend their influence even more.  On this trip we came across a new business, Arris Desrosiers & Co., where backpacks are made from the plastic water packets that are littered all over Haiti.  Haiti has the worst trash problem I have ever seen– even more than I could imagine.  With no infrastructure to pick up and dispose of trash and littering being an unconscious norm, the trash piles up with nowhere to go.  Fortunately, these inspired entrepreneurs have figured out a way to help the environment and create useful products for the people.  If nothing else, we hope to at least help promote them and spread the word about their work. And who knows… we may find a way to partner with them in the future.

What makes Tree Angels so special is how it looks at the big picture.  Deforestation is a symptom of larger problems in the community.  Deforestation happened because of lack of education and foresight of the consequences, littering continues to happen for the same reason.  Tree Angels understand that in order to make change you have to start with the people, the culture, the values and the education.  Tree Angels recognize this, so aside from planting trees they know that they need to support the people, teach the people, inspire the people and involve the people.  A group of five or six people (or even 20) it is difficult to accomplish much.  But when you make efforts to create cultural changes, the community can start working together to better itself.  It is in this way that Tree Angels is able to improve the whole eco-system, because they come with seeds of change.

For more details on how you may offer support for Haitian communities, please contact a TAFH volunteer. 

 

 

Straight Outta Haiti…

This well written blog post is a contribution from one of our Tree Angels for Haiti volunteers living on the island. As a young man proud of his country, he expresses concerns that we all should consider. Do you agree with his views? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.
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My name is Alphe Rither Romulus and I am a young Haitian of the millennial generation born in the 90’s. Like so many youngsters from my generation, I can say that I am
proud of my country… or am I? Maybe I was once upon a time, but right now I
can’t really tell you that I am. This question of “Haitian Pride” has been
preoccupying my mind for a while now, especially with the wave of young Haitians leaving the country. Since I don’t wish to be too negative about the current events, I
will explore both sides of the medal and share my opinion to reflect what many
have witnessed and seen parading before their eyes.

Today, we are facing a real crisis in Haiti. We see a sea of humans leaving the country and traveling to all four corners of the globe. And this is without a goal or any
specific objectives in mind. They have no itinerary and they will shout out and
reach out to anyone who they hope will make them feel valuable. They are looking
for validation and valorization. So I wonder, is this mass exodus related to a
lack of education or a lack of patriotism?

In my opinion, neither. Since education or access to education hasn’t changed in the
country for such a long period of time, this can’t be the cause. We have been lacking
access to mentors, role models or anyone to teach ethical values. The fact that
professionals or witty youth finish school and can’t find proper placement or
employment isn’t new. What kind of support can be given to those who are well educated and who are ready to help their country? There are so many sustainable and
developmental projects that have been overlooked and that could have been offered.

What about patriotism?

So much is responsible for our sad reality. Our future is bleak right now, because only a few can have access to resources and can help with the production of goods. However,
regardless of our sad reality and of how difficult things may seem, I don’t
agree with the mass exodus of our people going to countries where they will be
taken advantage. As non-residents to these countries, they are asked to
disburse considerable amounts of money to allow them entry. This money could have
been put to better use or helped to do something sustainable and more profitable in Haiti, such as a business startup program.

At the end of the day, what matters is that we feel comfortable wherever we are. According to the great philosopher, Volter, a true citizen should not be patriotic. Therefore, we should feel valuable wherever we are. We should feel respected and learn to adapt and live wherever we are treated with dignity and where our true value is being recognized. Let’s all venture out and search for that true valorization which
will allow us to live freely on this planet.

Alphe Rither Romulus

 

 

 

Trees: Haiti’s Ventilators and Climate Regulators 

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Tree Angels for Haiti just celebrated our six year anniversary! We are tremendously thankful for all the support we have received and all the progress we have been making. We expect great things as we work to empower Haitian communities and we are optimistic about the future!

One reason for our optimism is Jasmine, a 12-year old TAFH supporter and future environmental ambassador. Jasmine was inspired to contribute our latest blog on the effects of trees on climate change.  

You may have heard of climate change and you know that the world is getting hotter and the icecaps are melting… but did you know that trees play a major role in the temperature levels?

Deforestation (or the act of cutting down trees) is the #2 contributor of Global warming. In fact, if there were no trees, the world would be 12˚F warmer. Don’t think that’s a lot? Well that’s enough for sea levels to reach cities like Washington D.C., Philadelphia, NYC and engulf all of Florida!

But why does deforestation regulate the temperature so much?  In the atmosphere, there are lots of gases which absorb solar radiation. These gases are important for keeping the air warm at night. When there are too many of these gases, then more warm air is trapped. An example of these greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide (CO2). When humans burn fossil fuels, we’re adding more CO2 into the atmosphere, which is making the world warmer. Trees absorb 300 billion tons of CO2. When the trees are gone, all the stored carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere.

Deforestation is a huge problem. Every minute, 36 football fields of trees are lost. The causes are for our everyday conveniences including houses, commercial items and food. Yes, food. In fact, the need for agriculture fields is the leading cause of deforestation. Farmland depletes the forests, and when the soil is no longer suitable for growing, developers move on to clear another area. You may not notice deforestation around you, but every time you see a new building in construction, think of all those trees that have been cleared.

Trees can also improve the air quality. When they absorb CO2, trees also absorb the many contaminant– deadly carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide. An obvious, and under-appreciated, benefit of trees is that they provide shade. Shade provides an overall temperature decrease in the area. With more trees, there is more shade and it is cooler. Picture this: you’re walking down a sidewalk and it’s a hot summer day. Wouldn’t you rather have trees cooling you down along the way?  Simple things, but we take them for granted. Tree branches full of leaves can be “Giant Green Fans.” When the wind blows, and their branches sway from side to side, the trees replicate a multitude of hand fans.

All these amazing facts about trees can help create more awareness and help people understand why it’s so important to plant trees. In a place like Haiti, where the majority of the land is bare, the impact is even more significant.  Planting one tree would not solve much, but joining a reforestation effort can help us plant thousands of trees and will make a difference. Through volunteering you can help restore ecosystems, rebuild wildlife habitats and yes, decrease global warming.

Tree Angels for Haiti is doing just that. We are a group of environmentally conscious volunteers who took notice and realized that Haiti’s case is of utmost importance. Although there are not too many studies focusing on Haiti’s deforestation and the impact on its weather system, we know that there are variations in weather based on geographical features as well as the lack of trees and foliage. The Republic of Haiti, occupying the western third of Hispaniola, an island it shares with the Dominican Republic, is primarily tropical but the regions where there are fewer trees can be semiarid and almost desert like.

To learn more about our reforestation efforts and how you may help decrease the effects of climate change, please contact any Tree Angels for Haiti volunteer. 

 

A Grandmother’s View of Haiti

**This blog entry was written by one of our newest Tree Angels for Haiti volunteers, Mike P., a Haitian native currently living in the U.S. We welcome his unique perspective and willingness to contribute to our mission**

Haiti has a rich history of folktales. My grandmother has been keeping that tradition alive in my family for the past decade. Her stories are vivid, genuine, and paint a picture of a Haiti I never knew; a Haiti populated by mostly fruit trees, rivers, and rice fields. As she spoke, Grandma would point at a random direction and say, “ Right there, two houses down, there used to be a big mango tree”. As she spoke, I tried to picture what a mango tree would look like instead of the month old pile of trash that is at the corner of the street two houses down from us. I could not picture it. It seemed too wild of a thought. Grandma carried on telling her tales and I kept staring at the mountains surrounding us; those mountains were bare. The river she spoke of, at the corner of where her school used to be, was full of trash, and I have never seen water run through it. The fruit trees she spoke of were either on the verge of extinction or I have never seen them in my lifetime. For that reason, I am getting involved with Tree Angels for Haiti to help build a botanical garden in Haiti. A botanical garden is the first and the right step into re-creating the healthy forested island my grandmother speaks of so vividly, and kindly.

In all fairness, I did grow up in a city and cities are not made for trees. But, the deforestation problem facing Haiti is not a matter of life in cities. It is a matter of children growing up without knowing what plants are native to the island, a massive land erosion problem, and dry riverbeds full of trash. The fact is I am not an Environmental Scientist, but my liberal arts education can allow me to tell you that the three issues mentioned above are environmentally disastrous. Building a botanical garden will give the Haitian people a chance to re-discover, preserve, and appreciate our native plants. It is the first step towards inspiring, reviving, preserving local Haitian communities. It is the first step towards supporting Haitians saving themselves. The reforestation of Haiti will not happen overnight. However, it will happen sometime with the continuous support for the Haitian people. It will happen through environmental education to preserve native plants. The botanical garden will serve that purpose. And finally, I will be able to know what trees my grandmother is referring to in her tales.

As a proud Haitian, I would like to emphasize my appreciation for the work Tree Angels For Haiti is doing. Their work will provide shade for a 10 year old boy on his way back from school under the hot Caribbean sun, and above all, their work will reforest the island. With their work, Haitian folktales will no longer be a reminder of a dying, decaying, and devastated natural wonder. Grandmother will no longer point at empty horizons with the hope that one day, someone will wake up and deter Haiti from a possible nightmare. We are awake and we are capable, determined, and passionate about reforesting Haiti. The botanical garden will teach, inspire, and support Haitians saving themselves, because without the community’s support, this project will go to waste. This is not a Kony 2012 campaign.

Haiti has a rich history of folktales. My grandmother keeps that tradition alive in the family, but the tales she shares are no longer tales of solely dead relatives, friends, and acquaintances. They are also tales of extinct trees, fruits, and rivers. Organizations like Tree Angels for Haiti will help revive the natural environment my grandmother speaks of so often.

 

 

Why We Love Haiti!

Tree Angels for Haiti are committed to preserving and sharing the wonders of Haiti. This post provides a perspective of Haitian culture from one of our amazing Tree Angels, Rose Plesimond. Here are just a few reasons we love Haiti:

Haiti is the first black republic in the world, that took its independence in 1804.

The official languages of Haiti are Creole and French. Creole is generally the language of daily conversation; it is spoken by all while French is used in government offices, businesses and schools. Only educated adults or secondary school students speak French, though with varying levels of fluency and accuracy depending on where they went to school and how much they practice. Knowledge of French has become a sign of social class in Haiti; those who speak French may not talk to those who do not.  Creole is a unique mixture of French, English, Spanish, and various African languages. Some family do not let their kids speak creole at home.  It is similar to creole spoken on some other Caribbean islands, such as Guadeloupe and Martinique.

The majority (80 percent) of Haitians are Catholic. Protestants claim 16 percent of the population. The largest denominations are Baptist, Pentecostal, and Seventh-day Adventist. Vodou (voodoo), is practiced to some degree by a majority of Haitians. It was given legal status equal to other religions in 2003. While official Catholicism opposes its practice, Vodou includes the worship of Catholic saints and other Catholic rituals.

Haitians are warm, friendly, and generous. Their tradition of hospitality is shown in how they treat guests or go out of their way to help strangers. Everyday life is hard for most people, so parents strive to send their children to school, (though it is very expensive) trusting that an education will give the next generation a better life. No matter what society’s conditions, Haitians celebrate life with joy, laughter, and dancing.  Even after the terrible Earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands, the resilient Haitian people found courage to celebrate life.

TAFH welcomes volunteers and encourages all to share in the wonders of this beautiful island nation. For more details on how you may help, please contact a TAFH member, visit our website (www.treeangelsforhaiti.org) or visit our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/treeangelsforhaiti).

 

 

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

HAPPY EARTH DAY FROM TREE ANGELS FOR HAITI!!!

Earth Day: celebrated since 1970. We take pride and joy every year to commemorate this special day.
Earth Day emphasizes the environment and reminds us of our special relationship with our Mother Earth and all the species existing on it.
Earth Day is also our special day to highlight what we do and remind our audience that we vowed and are committed to our environmental missions.

Although most of our work takes place in Haiti and revolves around the promotion of tree planting, we also get involved with our localities and help educate about common environmental issues. We share our experiences and encourage the public to take action to help keep our air and waters clean and ensure the survival of all species.
Educating the public or sharing knowledge of our activities in Haiti with the public creates awareness, helps promote our work in Haiti and reminds all of the global issues.

This year, WE CHALLENGE YOU to take action and make Earth Day memorable. Whether you join a march, participate in trash pick up or even join in an organized educational event, make Earth Day yours!

For more information on positive ways you can help the environment as a TAFH member, please leave a comment or contact any TAFH member.